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'Dawgfather' UW coach Don James dies

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    SEATTLE -- Former Washington football coach Don James, the winningest football coach in University of Washington history, died Sunday from the effects of pancreatic cancer. He was 80.

    The UW said James died at home with his family. The UW said the James family expressed thanks to the thousands of friends, former players and fellow coaches, and fans who prayed and expressed their love and support.

    The "Dawgfather" served as the UW football team's head coach from 1975 through 1992.

    During his 18 seasons at the helm, he led Washington to six conference titles and the 1991 national championship. James was named the AFCA National Coach of the Year in 1977, when he led the Huskies to the Rose Bowl for his first time. In 1991, he won four different national coach of the year awards. At the time of his retirement in 1993, his 10 bowl-game victories were fourth-most in college history, behind only Paul "Bear" Bryant, Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden.

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    His tenure was definitely a great time to be a dawg fan.
    May we raise children who love the unloved things - the dandelion, the worm, the spiderlings.
    Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
    And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
    may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.