College Basketball

This brother-head coach duo was headed to the NCAA tournament – until the coronavirus called it off

Brothers and Division I head coaches James and Joe Jones chronicle an exciting season cut short


It’s not often two brothers who are head coaches of Division I basketball programs advance to the NCAA tournament in the same season. That’s what made the story of James Jones, head coach of the Yale University men’s basketball team, and Joe Jones, head coach of the Boston University men’s basketball team, so interesting. But all of that was cut short March 11 when the NCAA announced that March Madness would be canceled due to the COVID-19 virus. The Undefeated senior writer Domonique Foxworth chats with the two brothers about a missed postseason, what it means to lead successful Division I programs as black coaches and fun sibling rivalry stories.