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Morning links: Don James honored in public memorial

Washington’s bye week has begun, but we’re still here with our usual morning links, including coverage of yesterday’s public memorial for Don James.

— Here’s our story from the memorial, relating a handful of memories and thoughts shared by those who spoke during the service.

— The Seattle Times has this story from the memorial, and there’s this from Sportspress Northwest.

— A pair of offensive players — including star receiver Paul Richardson — for Colorado are day-to-day with injuries.

— USC faces a tough road test at Oregon State this week.

— UCLA’s loss

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Steve Sarkisian discusses Don James and his legacy

Here’s the opening statement Washington coach Steve Sarkisian made today at his weekly Monday press conference.

“I think it goes without saying we lost a legend, and not just here at the University of Washington, but in college football and all around football. I think Coach James set a standard of excellence that is felt here every single day. We had him speak to our team every year since I’ve been here. Being a young head coach I’ve leaned on a lot of the examples that he set. Became a head coach at the age of 39 and I was able to lean on him from some of the experiences that he had as a young head coach that he was able to share with me that I’ve tried to put into action, and I can honestly tell you I have a picture of coach James and I in my office prior to the Holiday Bowl, and it’s something I look at quite honestly every single day before I leave my office, of he and I shaking hands. It wasn’t a planned photo. It was one that was caught spontaneously and something I cherish today and I’ll cherish forever. Read more »


Public memorial service for Don James scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday

A memorial service for longtime Washington football coach Don James will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, the UW announced Monday. It will be open to the public.

Also, here’s a list of other remembrances planned for James before and during UW’s game against California at Husky Stadium on Saturday, as announced by the university:

• James family members will serve as honorary captains for the pre-game coin toss.

• The Husky Marching Band will perform “A Tribute to The Dawgfather,” including a memorial video and former UW football players, during halftime.

• Due to the

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Legendary Huskies coach Don James dies at 80

Don James, the most successful and beloved coach in the history of the University of Washington football program and architect of an unbeaten season, a national championship and winner of six conference championships in 18 seasons at UW, died Sunday morning at home from the effects of pancreatic cancer, the UW announced.

James was 80 years old, and died while comforted by family, according to a release from the school.

“My family and I are extremely saddened to hear of Coach James’ passing,” UW coach Steve Sarkisian said in a UW release. “His accomplishments as a football coach stand alone, but what made him truly special is the quality of man he was away from the game. The guidance and leadership he instilled into this program and community are still felt today, and will continue to be felt here for a long, long time.” Read more »