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ODU’s Jeff Jones announces cancer diagnosis, charity drive


For the second time in four years, Old Dominion head coach Jeff Jones announced that he is fighting prostate cancer.

Back in 2015, Jones announced that he had prostate cancer in an effort to get men that had not been tested for the disease to be tested, and after being treated, he found out that he had suffered a relapse in the summer of 2017. He began treatment this summer.

“There’s no way I’m going to allow it to change my approach, my commitment. It sure won’t change my desire to win,” Jones said in a statement on Wednesday. He told his team about the diagnosis last week. “I told them, ‘I’ve had this for a year now and you haven’t seen any difference in me and you’re not going to see any difference now, either.’ You’re going to get my very, very best every day. I also joked with them a little, and said this doesn’t mean I’m going to be any nicer. I’m still as competitive as ever.”

September just so happens to be prostate cancer awareness month, which is part of the reason that Jeff and his wife, Danielle, opted to make this announcement now. Danielle is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer program and has launched a fundraiser for the Hope Lodge Network, which helps patients that may not be able to afford to pay for housing during their treatment.

To contribute to the Jones fundraising effort, click here.