University of Michigan Football Coaches

Langdon (Biff) Lea


Biff Lea

Langdon Lea of Princeton was one of the top halfbacks in the country during the 1893 and 1894 seasons. The 1893 Princeton squad also included future Michigan coaches William McCauley and William Ward. After coaching a successful season at Michigan, Lea returned to assist his alma mater. At Michigan Lea established a set of strict rules for his team. Posted on the wall of the Gymnasium before tryouts, the stipulations included: "The word 'Can't' is not in the football vocabulary. Any man feeling that way about any part of the game in detail is not wanted on the field and will please stay away. Only those wanted who say 'I will' with teeth together and who never stop fighting. Otherwise they go off the field."