Washington coaching legend Don James passes away on Sunday

Otto Greule Jr

The former Huskies head coach had been battling pancreatic cancer.

Don James, the winningest coach in Washington football history, died Sunday morning from the effects of pancreatic cancer, the school announced. James was 80 years old.

He spent 18 seasons as the head coach at Washington, where he led the Huskies program on an impressive run of success, including a split national championship in 1991. He took the job in 1975, and just two years later, he had Washington playing in the Rose Bowl for the first time in nearly 15 years.

James won six conference titles with Washington, and he got the school to the Rose Bowl six times as a result. His teams won four of those games, including a 34-14 win over Michigan in January of 1992 that capped a perfect 12-0 season and earned the team the No. 1 spot in the final Coaches Poll.

Washington won 10 games or more in a season seven times under James, who retired after the 1992 season. He finished with a 153-58-2 record at UW. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

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