The University of Washington will host a public memorial for former head football coach Don James, who passed away Sunday from the effects of pancreatic cancer, at 3 p.m. Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena. The memorial is open to the public. UW also announced a list of remembrances for James during the game California at 8 p.m. Saturday.
- Members of the James family will serve as honorary captains for the pre-game coin toss.
- Players will wear helmet decals honoring James for the remainder of the season. Coaches and other sideline staff will wear a similar patch.
- Due to the late start time and the halftime tribute to James, UW said that The Zone will be open only during pre-game hours, 5 to 8 p.m., and that the annual Homecoming “Blanket Parade” involving former UW letter winners will be moved to pre-game.
UW Athletic Director Scott Woodward issued a statement Monday on the passing of James, who compiled a record of 153-57-2 (.726) and took the Huskies to 15 bowl games in his 18 seasons (1975-92):
“It wasn’t until I arrived at the University of Washington that I truly understood the profound impact Coach James had on all facets of this university and on our athletic department. He set a standard for excellence that all of our coaches and staff strive for each day, and that legacy will live on forever. It was an honor to spend time with Coach James and I will treasure his words and advice. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carol and the James family and we — along with Huskies everywhere — will be here for them always.”