According to multiple reports, long-time University of Washington Huskies head coach Don James has passed away.
He was 80 years old.
James coached the Huskies from 1975 to 1992, and led the Huskies to a share of the 1991 national title. The two time coach of the year, in 1984 and 1991, went 153-57-2 as head coach of Washington.
Affectionately known as “the Dawgfather”, James was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
The Associated Press, via ESPN.com, reported on September 5th that James had undergone two surgeries at a Seattle area hospital for gastrointestinal issues.
James also was undergoing treatment for a malignant pancreatic tumor in late September, according to a report from CBSSports.com’s Jerry Hinnen. He was reportedly receiving chemotherapy in an attempt to curb the ailment.
James served as head coach at Kent State University from 1971 to 1974 before taking over at Washington. He played at the University of Miami as a quarterback, where he set 5 school passing records before becoming a graduate assistant at Kansas.
James coached Hall of Famer Jack Lambert while at Kent State, and current Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
Don James led the Huskies to six Rose Bowls during his tenure at UW before his retirement.
Thoughts and well wishes to the James and UW families.