Don James (American football)

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Don James (American football)

Former American football player and coach add

Category: Football

Born in 1932.

Countries: United States (44%), Washington (31%), Michigan (13%)

Main connections: Kent State University, College Football Hall of Fame, Jim Owens

Linked to: College Football Hall of Fame, University of Washington, College football national championships in NCAA Division I FBS, Sporting News College Football Coach of the Year




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Don James was born in 1932 add something


Born and raised in Massillon, Ohio, James graduated from Massillon, Ohio High School in 1950 add something


James coached high school football at Southwest Miami High School in 1959, was a college assistant coach for 12 seasons at Florida State, Michigan, and Colorado add something


The school was charged that a booster ran a summer jobs program that employed more than 50 Husky athletes since the 1970s that either paid for work that was not performed or were not given enough work to merit their salary add something


He served as the head coach at Kent State University from 1971 to 1974 and at the University of Washington from 1975 to 1992, compiling a career college football record of 178–76–3 add something


Bob Stull - He was the offensive line coach at Kent State from 1971 to 1974 under Don James


During his tenure at Kent, the Golden Flashes won their only Mid-American Conference title, in 1972, and played in their only bowl game, the 1972 Tangerine Bowl add something


In December 1974, Don James was hired by University of Washington athletic director Joseph Kearney to succeed Jim Owens as head coach add something


James served in this capacity for 18 seasons, from 1975 to 1992 add something


James won national college coach of the year honors in 1977, 1984, and 1991 add something


James' teams won four Rose Bowls, the Orange Bowl in January 1985, and compiled a record of 10–5 in all bowl games add something


Jim Walden - Prior to the 1985 Apple Cup, in which the Washington Huskies were favored, Husky coach Don James jovially contrasted himself to Walden by quipping, "I'm a 2,000 word underdog


Washington won 22 consecutive games from 1990 to 1992 add something


He led the Huskies to a national championship in 1991, shared with Miami add something


His 1991 Washington team won a share of the national championship after completing a 12–0 season with a win over Michigan in the Rose Bowl add something


During the 1992 season, it was revealed that several Huskies players had received improper benefits add something


James resigned from his head coaching position on August 22, 1993 in protest of what he considered unfair sanctions against his team add something


In 1997, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame add something


James was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1997 add something


James died of pancreatic cancer at his Kirkland residence in 2013 at age 80 add something

Don James died in 2013 add something


In October 2017, the University of Washington unveiled a bronze statue of James in the northwest plaza of Husky Stadium add something