Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Lawrence "Biff" Jones

Lawrence "Biff" Jones

Details

  • Position: Coach
  • School: Army, Louisiana State, Oklahoma, Nebraska
  • Years: 1926-1941
  • Inducted: 1954
  • Place of Birth: Washington, DC
  • Date of Birth: Oct 08, 1895
  • Place of Death: Washington, DC
  • Date of Death: Jan 12, 1980

Member Biography

"Biff" Jones was graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1917, served in France as a Lieutenant of field artillery and returned to West Point in 1926 as head football coach, succeeding John McEwan. His four-year record there was an impressive 30-8-2. His 1926 and 1927 teams lost but one game each, his 1928 Cadets but two. In 1927, Jones did Army a great service when he brought Earl "Red" Blaik back to the Point as an assistant coach. Blaik worked for three years under Jones and would return years later to lift the Cadets to their highest success. However, Jones moved on and enjoyed further success at Louisiana State, Oklahoma and Nebraska. He established himself as a serious, sound, hard- working mentor with a gift for organization. During his tenure at Nebraska he produced a Rose Bowl team. In 1937, Jones retired from the Army as a Major, but returned as a Colonel in 1942, and served as graduate manager at the Academy until June, 1948. On or off the gridiron, Jones was always in command of the situation and never suffered from a lack of respect paid to him.