Livestrong: OU's Jan Ross, Sherri Coale share thoughts on Livestrong bracelets

WHAT LIVESTRONG MEANS TO YOU NOW — OU women's basketball assistant Jan Ross hates that she can't dissociate Lance Armstrong from the Livestrong movement.
by Jason Kersey Published: January 20, 2013

“I was glued to the TV and anxious to see what it was like,” Ross said. “I was disappointed. Even though I knew what he was going to say ... I was still just sad. Just so sad.

“Him lying is one thing, but him taking other people down that were telling the truth? That's just amazing.”

Coale's feelings on Livestrong unchanged

Sherri Coale proudly answered in the affirmative when asked if she's ever worn a yellow “Livestrong” wristband.

“Oh gosh yeah; absolutely,” said Oklahoma's women's basketball coach, whose mother and best friend each defeated cancer over the past few years.

Beverly Stash, Coale's mother, won her battle with lymphoma nearly three years ago.

Then last April, Jan Ross, a longtime OU assistant and Coale's closest friend, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her cancer is now in remission.

Coale said Lance Armstrong's confession last week that he doped — and lied about it for more than a decade — doesn't change her feelings toward the movement he pioneered.

“Not to me,” she said. “It's about fighting cancer. It's never been about a person to me. I've never associated it with an individual. It's a cause.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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