Don James public memorial set for Sunday

Don James public memorial set for Sunday

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Don James public memorial set for Sunday

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by KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on October 26, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 26 at 1:54 PM

NWCN will air live coverage of the public memorial for former University of Washington football coach Don James, to be held on Sunday, October 27, at 3 p.m. at the Alaska Airlines Arena. The memorial will also be live streamed on KING5.com and NWCN.com.

The memorial is open to the public. Doors to the Alaska Airlines Arena, located next to Husky Stadium, will open at 2:00 p.m. The memorial will begin promptly at 3 p.m., with a musical prelude begining at 2:45 p.m.

The University of Washington will also have rememberances of James throughout Saturday night's homecoming game against California. (Kickoff is at 8:00 p.m.)

Players and coaches will wear decals with the initials "DJ" and members of his family will serve as the honorary captains for the pre-game coin toss. The UW players will wear the decals for the remainder of the 2013 season.

The Washington band will also perform "A Tribute to The Dawgfather" during halftime that will include a memorial video and former UW football players.

The UW and Seattle community continue to mourn the passing of James, who died on Sunday at the age of 80 due to pancreatic cancer.

The "Dawgfather" served as the UW football team's head coach from 1975 through 1992 and was the winningest football coach in the school's history.

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.

The Associated Press and KING5.com's LIza Javier contributed to this report.

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