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Former Washington football coach Don James dies

Mr. James remained on the scene in Seattle long after he resigned over penalties imposed on the Huskies’ program.
Mr. James remained on the scene in Seattle long after he resigned over penalties imposed on the Huskies’ program.Ted S. Warren/Associated Press/file 2011

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SEATTLE — Don 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 Mr. James died at his home of the effects of pancreatic cancer. He had been receiving treatment for the disease since late September.

Mr. James was 176-78-3 as a head coach at Kent State and Washington. He went 153-58-2 with the Huskies from 1975-92 and led the school to a six-pack of Rose Bowl appearances. His crowning moment came in 1991 when Washington had the most dominant defense in the country, and beat Michigan in the Rose Bowl to finish 12-0. The Associated Press media poll gave Miami — Mr. James’s alma mater — the national championship, while the coaches’ voted in favor of Washington in their poll.

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