More than 20 years after he last coached a game, this week for Washington is all about Don James.
The former Washington coach, who led the Huskies to a share of the national title in 1991, died Sunday at age 80 from pancreatic cancer. And Saturday night, when the Huskies (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) host California (1-6, 0-4), will be the first chance for the school to pay tribute to James. Washington is also trying to snap a three-game losing streak, while California has dropped five straight.
James' family will serve as honorary captains and the school will have a halftime tribute. James was so respected among his conference peers that California will wear ''DJ'' decals on the back of its helmets even though he dominated the Golden Bears during his Washington tenure, going 12-2.
''We're trying to live up to a standard that he set, but that's the reason I chose this job. I came here to win championships. Coach James set the standard,'' Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said.
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