Retired Army Col. Lawrence McCeney (Biff) Jones, 84, a football star who went on to coach the football teams at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Lousiana State University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Nebraska, died Tuesday at his home in Chevy Chase. He had a heart ailment.
Before his retirement in 1948, he had been director of athletics at West Point for six years.
Col. Jones, who was born in Washington, was a graduate of the old Central High School. As a student at West Point, he was captain of the football team in his last year before graduating in 1917.
After serving in France during World War I, he returned to the academy to be assistant coach of the football team from 1919 to 1925, and then head coach from 1926 to 1929.
From there, Col. Jones moved to Louisiana State University, where he was head football coach and an ROTC instructor during 1932-34. He held the same positions at the University of Oklahoma in 1935-36.
He then retired from military service to become head coach of the football team of the University of Nebraska from 1937 to 1942, when he was recalled to active duty and appointed director of athletics at West Point.
Col. Jones was elected to the National College Football Hall of Fame and to the Nebraska and Louisiana football halls of fame. He had taken the Nebraska team to the Rose Bowl in 1941.
He was a member of the Army and Navy Club and the Army-Navy Country Club.
His wife, Elizabeth, died in 1978.
He is survived by two children, Army Maj. Gen. Lawrence M. Jr., of Fort Meade, Md., and Barbara Grady of Chevy Chase; a brother, retired Army Maj. Gen. Herbert M., of Washington, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Army Distaff Hall.