In the wake of the death of legendary coach Don James, the Huskies will wear “DJ” patches and stickers on their jerseys and helmets Saturday against California. A nice tribute.
The public memorial service for James will be held on Sunday. More details are expected to be announced today.
Rounding up our coverage of James:
— Our obituary on the beloved coach, who was surrounded by family at his Kirkland home in the end.
— Bud Withers: “The Dawgfather” of the Northwest
— Larry Stone on James, who before the 1983 Apple Cup said: “I’ve always felt that being a Cougar prepares you well for life. You learn not to expect too much.”
— Jerry Brewer on the immortal James.
— Bob Condotta recalls his last interview with James, in August.
— More reaction from around college football on James’ death.
— A photo gallery through the years of James.
— Don James, by the numbers
— Former Times columnist Blaine Newnham notes that James was a master strategist. Newnham writes:
Even in the end he was organized, diligent, intelligent, whatever it took to be better than the competition.
It made James sound cerebral, which he was. But he also had that gritty, rust-belt mentality of his roots, in Ohio, near the birth of football. His teams played smart, well-schooled football, but they were also tough, bordering on mean.
— ESPN.coms Jim Caple, a UW grad, shares his memories of James.
— James’ final radio appearance with KJR’s Dave “Softy” Mahler.
— Missouri coach Gary Pinkel remember James. Pinkel is a former UW assistant who played for James at Kent State.