Former Washington Football Coach Don James Dies

jamesdonuwDon James, the longtime University of Washington football coach who led the Huskies to a share of the national championship in 1991, died Sunday. He was 80. The university said James died at his home from the effects of pancreatic cancer. James was 178-76-3 as a head coach at Kent State and Washington, counting three forfeit victories with the Huskies.

After going 25-19-1 in four seasons at Kent State, he was 153-57-2 at Washington from 1975-92 and led the school to a six-pack of Rose Bowl appearances.

His 1991 team topped the coaches' poll, while Miami was the national champion in The Associated Press' media poll.

James played quarterback at the Miami (Fla.), graduating in 1954 with a degree in education.

October 21, 2013