UW legend James undergoes surgery

McClatchy news servicesSeptember 6, 2013 

The University of Washington announced Thursday that former football coach Don James is in Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and has undergone surgical treatment for gastro-intestinal issues. He was admitted Monday.

James, who has the most coaching wins in school history, had two surgical procedures that doctors think were successful.

The statement from Washington said he was resting comfortably at Virginia Mason and that James’ family asked that a statement be made to end speculation and rumors about the coach’s health.

James, nicknamed the “Dawg Father,” has a section of Husky Stadium named after him, the Don James Center.

He coached the Huskies from 1975-92 to a record of 153-57-2 (.726), winning a share of the national championship after the 1991 season and earning conference coach of the year honors three times.


Investigators in North Carolina say Georgia-based sports agent Terry Watson violated sports agent laws by providing more than $20,000 in cash and benefits in 2010 to former Tar Heels receiver Greg Little, now with the Cleveland Browns.

While the NCAA investigation is closed, authorities are still reviewing whether laws regulating sports agents were broken.

In a search warrant unsealed this week, an agent with the Secretary of State’s office said Little told investigators that Watson of the Watson Sports Agency provided him with a monthly cash allowance of $2,200 in addition to other benefits.

Little also reimbursed former tutor Jennifer Wiley for expenses paid on his behalf with money received from Watson or a financial adviser, according to a probable cause affidavit in the June search warrant.


Shane Carden threw two touchdown passes and East Carolina beat Florida Atlantic, 31-13, in the Pirates’ final Conference USA opener in Greenville, N.C. … Alabama coach Nick Saban said backup defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson will have knee surgery after getting hurt in practice Wednesday. Saban did not give a timetable for the redshirt freshman to return. … Valdosta State quarterback Dusty Bonner, Jacksonville State tight end Keith McKeller and retired Indiana University of Pennsylvania coach Frank Cignetti have been selected for the Division II Football Hall of Fame. … The final former Vanderbilt player has been released from jail after posting bond on five charges of aggravated rape. Tight end Brandon Vandenburg and four other former players are charged with raping an unconscious 21-year-old student at a campus dormitory in June.

Staff writer Todd Dybas contributed to this report.

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