Cancer. It is a deadly disease that exists for absolutely no reason at all. It is projected to kill almost 600,000 people this year in the US alone. Old Dominion coach Jeff Jones is determined to make sure that he isn’t one of them.
According to Hampton Roads, ODU announced that Jones was diagnosed with prostate cancer early Friday afternoon. It was then announced that he would undergo surgery to combat the disease on Monday and will be on medical leave for several weeks. He told the website that he wanted to get back to work in time for the new recruiting period.
“I’m feeling good,” he said. “To be honest, I’m just ready to have the surgery Monday and put it behind me and start getting better.”
The 54-year-old Jones is entering into his third season as the Monarchs head coach. He helped turn his team around from a dismal 5-25 the year before he was hired and went 18-18 in his first season.
Last year, the team went 27-8, reached the semifinals of the NIT, and were ranked in the Top 25 for the first time in school history.
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