T. A. Dwight Jones
February 22, 1887|
|Died||June 19, 1957
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||69–24–6 (college)[n 1]|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1958 (profile)
Thomas Albert Dwight "Tad" Jones (February 22, 1887 – June 19, 1957) was an American football player and coach in the United States. He served as the head football coach at Syracuse University (1909–1910) and Yale University (1916–1917, 1920–1927), compiling a career college football record of 69–24–6.[n 1] He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1958.
Jones quarterbacked Yale to 6–0 and 12–0 victories versus Harvard as a junior and senior, respectively, in 1906 and 1907. Yale finished with 9–0–1 records both years, and he was named an All-American both seasons. As head coach, Jones lead Yale football to a 5–3–1 record versus Harvard, and gave the most revered pregame pep talk in Yale athletic history before the Harvard–Yale game in 1923. Before that contest Jones intoned famously, "Gentlemen, you are about to play football against Harvard. Never again may you do something so important." Yale won 13-0, with Babe Ruth providing broadcast commentary. Ducky Pond returned a Harvard fumble sixty-three yards for a touchdown. Bill Mallory kicked the extra point and two field goals. The Yale team was 8-0 for the season.
Family and honors
Jones's older brother was Howard Jones, who also played at Yale from 1905 to 1907. The elder Jones also coached at Yale and Syracuse, as well as Ohio State University, the University of Iowa, Duke University, and the University of Southern California.
The "T.A.D. Jones" room at the Phillips Exeter Academy gymnasium is named for Jones.
Thomas Albert Dwight "Tad" Jones is entombed in a private crypt in Woodside Cemetery & Arboretum in Middletown, OH
Head coaching record
|Syracuse Orangemen (Independent) (1909–1910)|
|Yale Bulldogs (Independent) (1916–1917)|
|Yale Bulldogs (Independent) (1920–1927)|
- Bergin, Thomas Goddard (1984). The Game: The Harvard-Yale Football Rivalry, 1875-1983. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-03267-6.
- Wallace, William N. (November 18, 1989). "Ivy Title And Pride On Line in The Game". The New York Times. Retrieved July 30, 2010.
- The Game: the Harvard-Yale football rivalry, 1875-1983, Thomas Bergin, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, pg. 145.
- The Game, pg. 141