Former University of Washington football coach Don James (1975-92), who underwent surgery earlier this month, will begin chemotherapy treatments Monday for a malignant tumor on his pancreas, according to a statement released by the school Wednesday via the James family. James is resting at home.
“Coach James and his family are grateful for the many prayers and encouraging words and ask they continue,” the family said in its statement. “The family also asks for privacy as they fight this battle.”
After practice Wednesday, Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian released a statement: “The thoughts and prayers of the Husky Family are with Coach James as he prepares to begin chemotherapy treatment next week. Coach means so much to me, to my family, to our program and to this University, and I know everyone is pulling for him, sending their best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.”
James won 153 games during his 18-year tenure as head coach and led Washington to six Rose Bowls and 14 bowl games overall. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
Sportspress Northwest profiled James and his UW career Tuesday in David Eskenazi’s Wayback Machine.