Don James timeline

Staff WriterOctober 21, 2013 


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

1950: Graduates from Washington High School in Massillion after leading the football team to two state titles as a quarterback and defensive back.

1951-53: Scholarship quarterback for the University of Miami (Fla.), where he sets five school passing records.

1954-55: Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, serving two years before returning to his education.

1956: Starts coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Kansas, where he earns a master’s degree in education.

1959-70: Coaches briefly at Southwest Miami High School before being hired as defensive backs coach at Florida State. Continues coaching career as defensive coordinator at FSU, Michigan and Colorado.

1971-74: Compiles 25-19-1 record as coach at Kent State University, including a 1972 Mid-American Conference championship.

Dec. 29, 1972: Coaches the Golden Flashes in their first bowl game, a 21-18 loss to Tampa in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Dec. 23, 1974: Named coach at Washington, replacing Jim Owens.

1977: Leads the Huskies to a 10-2 record (7-0 in Pac-8 play), culminating in a 27-20 win over Michigan in the Rose Bowl and No. 10 ranking in the final Associated Press poll. He was named American Football Coaches Association coach of the year.

1980-81: Huskies win back-to-back Pac-10 titles, splitting Rose Bowls against Michigan (23-6 loss) and Iowa (28-0 win).

1984: Leads the Huskies to an 11-1 record and No. 2 ranking in both the AP and coaches polls after beating Oklahoma, 28-17, in the Orange Bowl. Huskies’ lone loss was 17-6 at USC, which beat Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. BYU (13-0) is named national champions after beating unranked Michigan, 24-17, in the Holiday Bowl.

1990-92: Huskies win three consecutive Pac-10 titles, making trips to the Rose Bowl every season, the highlight being the 1991 team’s 12-0 season. That team earns a share of the national championship in the coaches poll (12-0 Miami was named national champion in the AP poll). James receives multiple coach of the year awards, including the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award and Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year.

Aug. 23, 1993: The Pac-10 announces a two-year bowl ban and scholarship reductions after a scandal involving several UW players. James resigns that day, finishing with a 153-57-2 mark at UW and 178-76-3 overall coaching record.

Aug. 14, 1998: Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

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