Don James’ death Sunday has brought reaction not only from around the Northwest, but around the country. Quotes from former players and coaches make it obvious that James is considered one of college football’s coaching greats.
James made his name as a meticulous taskmaster, a coach at his best in big games. His 10-4 record in bowl games attests to how well he could prepare a team for the national stage.
Many games over his 18 years with the Huskies showed how sound and well-prepared James’ teams were, but which was the biggest?
His first Rose Bowl win against No. 4 Michigan on Jan. 1, 1978?
The “All I saw was Purple” win in which the Husky defense hounded quarterback Todd Marinovich and blanked No. 5 USC in 1990?
Or the “Sooner Schooner” upset over No. 2 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day 1985.
We’ve whittled all those big wins by James’ Washington teams down to 10. Now we’d like you vote on the game you feel is the biggest and weigh in on the blog comments.
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