SEATTLE - During Saturday night’s University of Washington homecoming game, the late legendary University of Washington football coach Don James was honored.
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.
The Huskies (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) hosted California (1-6, 0-4) and it was the first chance for the school to pay tribute to James.
Washington snapped a three-game losing streak and beat the Golden Bears 41-17.
James' family served honorary captains and the school will have a halftime tribute. James was so respected among his conference peers that California players wore "DJ" decals on the back of their helmets, even though he dominated the Golden Bears during his Washington tenure, going 12-2.
A public memorial for James will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the campus' Alaska Airlines Arena.
The memorial will be streamed on kirotv.com.