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Lawrence McCeney (Biff) Jones
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Army
Graduating Year: 1917
  • Nebraska Head Coach, 1937-41
  • Nebraska Record: 28-14-4 (.652)
  • College Football Hall of Fame Coach (1954)
  • Nebraska Football Hall of Fame Coach (1971)

Lawrence McCeney "Biff" Jones, a former Army major, took over the team after Dana X. Bible recommended Jones as his successor. Nebraska appeared in its first bowl game, the 1941 Rose Bowl, and lost 21-13 to Stanford. Jones relinquished his coaching position after he was called to serve in World War II.

Jones graduated from Army in 1917 and served as a Lieutenant in France during World War I. He returned to Army has head football coach in 1926, leading Army to a 30-8-2 record in his four seasons as coach.

After four seasons at West Point, Jones moved on to coach at Louisiana State and Oklahoma before taking over the top job at Nebraska in 1937. His first Cornhusker team posted a 6-1-2 record and claimed the Big Six Conference title.  He captured a second Big Six title for the Huskers in 1940, when NU posted an 8-2 record and earned its first-ever bowl trip.

In 1937, Jones retired from the Army as a Major, but he returned to the Army as a Colonel in 1942, serving again in World War II. He served as graduate manager at the Academy until June of 1948. Jones earned induction as a coach into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.

Jones was born Oct. 8, 1895 in Washington, D.C., and passed away at the age of 84 on Jan. 12, 1980 in Washington, D.C.

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