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Don James timeline

A look at the life and career of former Huskies football coach Don James.


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Dec. 31, 1932: Born Donald Earl James in Massillon, Ohio.

1950: Graduates from Washington High School in Massillon.

1954: Graduates from University of Miami, Fla., where he left holding five school passing records.

1955: Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, 1st Transportation Corps.

1957: Earns Master’s degree in Education at Kansas, also doubling as the Jayhawks’ freshman football coach in fall 1956.

1957-58: Head coach at Southwest Miami High School.

1959-65: Assistant coach, Florida State.

1966-67: Assistant coach, Michigan.

1968-70: Assistant coach, Colorado.

1971-74: Head coach at Kent State, where he leads team to three winning seasons and an overall record of 25-19-1 in four years. Team goes 9-2 in 1973, led by future NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Lambert and future UW assistant coach Gary Pinkel.

Dec. 23, 1974: Named head coach at Washington, replacing Jim Owens, who had retired. James is chosen after the first choice, Dan Devine, takes job at Notre Dame, and another candidate, Mike White, decides to stay at California.

Sept. 13, 1975: Coaches first game at UW, a 35-12 loss at Arizona State.

Sept. 27, 1975: Gets first win at UW, 14-13 over Navy in front of 53,000 at Husky Stadium.

Nov. 22, 1975: Wins in his first Apple Cup game, 28-27 over Washington State when Huskies score 14 points in final 3:01. James will go 13-5 in Apple Cups.

Nov. 19, 1977: Beats WSU 35-15, a victory that eventually clinches the Pac-8 title (the Huskies had to wait for USC to beat UCLA a week later), the first of six conference titles for James at Washington.

Jan. 2, 1978: Coaches Huskies to 27-20 win over Michigan in his first Rose Bowl. Washington went 4-2 in Rose Bowls under James.

Sept. 1, 1982: UW opens season with 55-0 win over UTEP and the next week is ranked No. 1 in the country by the AP. It’s the first of 15 weeks the Huskies will be ranked No. 1 by the AP under James.

Oct. 13, 1982: Jack Patera is fired as coach of the Seahawks, and speculation immediately focuses on James as a possible replacement. James, though, holds a news conference soon after to announce he is staying at UW.

Jan. 1, 1985: Huskies beat Oklahoma in Orange Bowl 28-17 and finish No. 2 in the country.

Nov. 8, 1986: UW beats Oregon State 28-12 in Corvallis for James’ 100th win at Washington.

1985: James, an avid golfer, records his third hole-in-one.

1987: Completes his first marathon.

1989: Serves as president of the American Football Coaches Association.

Dec. 30, 1989: UW beats Florida 34-7 in the Freedom Bowl. It is UW’s 84th win in the 1980s, most of any Pac-10 school.

Jan. 1, 1992: UW defeats Michigan in Rose Bowl, 34-14, to complete a 12-0 season. The next day, UW is named the national champion in the final USA Today/CNN coaches poll.

Nov. 14, 1992: Huskies beat Oregon State 45-16 to clinch a third straight Pac-10 title and trip to the Rose Bowl. It also turns out to be James’ final win as coach of the Huskies.

Aug. 22, 1993: After the Pac-10 announces sanctions on UW that include a two-year bowl ban, James announces he is retiring from coaching in protest, effective immediately. He leaves with a record of 153-57-2 that makes him the winningest coach in UW history. His 97 Pac-10 wins were the most in the conference history at the time and still rank him second, trailing UCLA’s Terry Donahue by one.



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