Former Kent State football coach Don James dies

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Don James, the longtime University of Washington football coach who led the Huskies to a share of the national championship in 1991, died Sunday. He was 80.

The university said James died at his home from the effects of pancreatic cancer.

James was named head coach at Kent State in 1971. He was 25-19-1 in four seasons with the Golden Flashes. He was named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year in 1972, when he led the Golden Flashes to a conference title and their first-ever bowl game appearance in the Tangerine Bowl.

James was 176-78-3 at Kent State and Washington, going 153-58-2 in 18 seasons with the Huskies from 1975-92. His 1991 team topped the coaches' poll, while Miami was the national champion in The Associated Press' media poll.

He led the Huskies to six conference titles.

James played quarterback at the Miami (Fla.), graduating in 1954 with a degree in education.

He was born in 1932 in Massillon, Ohio.  He graduated from Massillon Washington High School in 1950.

Associated Press

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