Mar 18, 2019 - Sports

Old Dominion's Jeff Jones fights cancer, heads to NCAA tournament

Passionate as ever as he battles cancer, head coach Jeff Jones of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, led his Monarchs to the NCAA tournament by defeating Western Kentucky in the Conference USA championship Saturday night.

The big picture: "All he could do was stuff his face in a towel on the sideline as confetti fell and emotion overcame him," CBS Sports' Kyle Boone writes. His first trip to the NCAAs in six years at Old Dominion is "enough reason to be emotional. Here's more: he announced last fall he is battling prostate cancer."

Columnist Harry Minium writes that Jones, who recently became a grandfather, "didn't have to tell anyone. He chose to in order to raise the awareness of prostate cancer."

  • Axios' Danielle Jones writes: "My husband Jeff Jones and I recently learned what a challenge it can be when insurance declined to cover a cancer test he needed.  ... Along with Coaches vs. Cancer, we are fundraising until the 2019 Final Four for cancer patients in need."

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