Former UW coach has cancer of pancreas

Staff writerSeptember 19, 2013 

Former Washington football coach Don James will begin chemotherapy Monday for a malignant tumor on his pancreas.

The 80-year-old James is resting at home and recovering from surgery earlier this month, according to a statement from the university.

James, who has the most football wins as a head coach in school history, had two surgical procedures earlier this month at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Doctors think they were successful.

The James family issued a statement at that time to end speculation and rumors about the coach’s health.

James has a section of Husky Stadium, the Don James Center, named after him. As Huskies coach from 1975-92, he had a 153-57-2 (.726) record while leading UW to a share of the 1991 national championship. He led the Huskies to 14 bowl games, including six Rose Bowls.

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