Old Dominion's American-made man

After firing at UVA, Jeff Jones revitalized his career and now has a new challenge

Originally Published: May 16, 2013
By Myron Medcalf | ESPN.com

After he'd lost his dream job, Jeff Jones threw a party.

It was easier that way.

The festivities seemed to lessen the blow of a fall that started with Jones guiding Virginia, his alma mater, to the Elite Eight and ended with drama and bundles of losses that his bosses would not accept.

The final outcome seemed simple to him. He just hadn't won enough, the ultimate sin at any major program. He was fired in 1998.

But he had trouble explaining that to his young children.

"My ...

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