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College Football Hall of Fame coach Don James has passed away

Legendary Kent State and Washington head coach Don James passed away at his home on Sunday. He was 80. 

Hailing from Massillon, Ohio, James played at Miami (Fla.) from 1951-53 and worked his way up the coaching ranks at Kansas, Southwest Miami High School, Florida State, Michigan and Colorado before earning his first head coaching job at Kent State in 1971. 

James led Kent State to a 25-19-1 record in four seasons before getting the Washington job in 1975, where he would become the most successful head coach in school history. In the 18 seasons that followed, James compiled a school-record 153 wins, won five Pac-10 championships, earned four national coach of the year honors and brought home a share of the 1991 national title. He retired following the 1992 season, ending his career by leading the Huskies to three straight Rose Bowl berths. 

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997. 

Author: Zach Barnett
Zach Barnett is a native of Denton, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas. He joined FootballScoop in 2012 after two years at the National Football Foundation. His hobbies include watching college football, reading about college football and writing about college football.