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October 28, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Morning links: Thousands honor Don James at memorial service

UW coach Steve Sarkisian leads a "Go, Huskies" chant during the memorial service for former University of Washington football coach Don James at Alaska Airlines Arena on Sunday. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)

UW coach Steve Sarkisian leads a “Go, Huskies” chant during the memorial service for former University of Washington football coach Don James at Alaska Airlines Arena on Sunday. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)

Several thousand turned out for the Don James memorial service Sunday afternoon, including about 100 of his former players and many of his former colleagues.

Said former UW athletic director Mike Lude: “Don James needs no monument of stone because he lives on forever in our hearts and minds.”

Added former UW linebacker Michael Jackson (1975-78): “People always ask me, ‘What was it like to play for Don James?’ … And I tell them it was the greatest experience I’ve ever, ever had. He was so gracious. He was so loving. He was so mean. He was so small — but he was so big! He was the world to this kid from Pasco.”

Here’s our story and photo gallery out of the service Sunday.

More links:

The News Tribune’s roundup of the James memorial.

— And the Sports Press Northwest story on the memorial.

The Huskies went back to Bishop Sankey on Saturday night, and they got back in the win column.

— UW’s next opponent, Colorado, is dealing with some injuries. The Buffaloes travel to UCLA this week before coming to Seattle on Nov. 9.

— After Colorado, the Huskies travel to play UCLA for a Friday night game on Nov. 15. The Bruins, despite back-to-back losses to Stanford and Oregon, still have a shot at a Rose Bowl berth.

Pac-12 power rankings from the ESPN bloggers.

A breakdown of the AP and coaches’ polls.

Oregon is No. 2 in the BCS standings. I’ll post my Harris poll ballot later today.

Note: Steve Sarkisian will hold his regular Monday press conference at noon today. Percy Allen will cover the press conference. I will be on upper campus reporting another assignment.

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