UW Mourns Passing Of Don James

Gilby and Coach James (Kim Grinolds/Dawgman.com)

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- At home and comforted by family, longtime Washington football coach Don James passed away this morning from the effects of pancreatic cancer. The James family would like to thank the thousands of friends, former players and fellow coaches, and fans who prayed and expressed their love and support for Don these past few weeks.

Details on a public memorial service will come later.

To several generations of Washington football fans, James' name is the one most associated with the highest highs of the program. The "Dawgfather" served as the UW football team's head coach from 1975 through 1992.

During his 18 seasons at the helm, he led Washington to six conference titles and the 1991 national championship. James was named the AFCA National Coach of the Year in 1977, when he led the Huskies to the Rose Bowl for his first time. In 1991, he won four different national coach of the year awards. At the time of his retirement in 1993, his 10 bowl-game victories were fourth-most in college history, behind only Paul "Bear" Bryant, Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden.

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UW Mourns Passing of Don James

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