Jones spoke freely about it with the Tampa Tribune.
"I won't leave South Florida if I'm a loser," Jones said. "I want to leave here a winner. I want this program to be something that I look at 10 years later, like, 'Oh yeah, we made it to the tournament. Oh, we're in the Top 16 -- something like that.'
"I feel like I owe this school that. As of now, we haven't won enough. Some people think that the NCAA Tournament is enough, maybe it might be. That might be the thing that we need to boost this program up, or maybe we might need the Sweet 16. Those options are just something that is open to me after the season," Jones said.
The program has begun showing signs that it is ready to run. The Bulls recently had their first four-game winning streak in the Big East and are looking at a .500 or better season, especially now that their big man, Gus Gilchrist, has returned from an ankle sprain that kept him out of 15 games.
Despite that, the Bulls went 8-7 during that stretch.
Coach Stan Heath offered this advice to Jones through the newspaper.
"Finish the mission. Stay right here; stay glued to what you need to be doing, because those things take care of themselves.
"He's just got to stay here, and he will. His dad does a great job of keeping him grounded. I know he blurts out once in a while, but he always gets that conversation after that blurt that keeps him grounded."
--F Jarrid Famous is on a hot streak. He has hit 14 of his last 16 shots in losses to Notre Dame and Marquette, both on the road, and put together his seventh double-double of the year against Marquette.
--PG Chris Howard has been showing his senior savvy and has turned the basketball over only six times in the last seven games. He has scored in double figures in six of his last seven games and grabbed off 37 rebounds in his last seven games, 5.4 per game.
ON THE SPOT: F Gus Gilchrist has returned after missing more than two months with a severely sprained ankle and he comes at a time when Dominique Jones' scoring his beginning to draw enough attention that defenses are zeroing in on him. If Glichrist, who was actually the Bulls leading scorer when injured, can come back and command defensive attention inside, it would do a great bit to ease the load on Jones.
Gilchrist scored seven points in his return against Marquette on Feb. 13, shooting six times in 23 minutes.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Dominique's like a furnace. He can either heat up your house or he can burn it down. I've got to get him to heat it up and not let him burn it down." -- USF Coach Stan Heath to the Tampa Tribune after his star, Dominique Jones, suffered through a second straight bad shooting game at Marquette.