The 80-year-old “Dawgather,” College Football and Husky hall of fame coach, was admitted Monday to Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle for two gastro-intestinal procedures that doctors believe were successful.
By Gregg Bell
UW Director of Writing
SEATTLE -- College Football and Husky hall of fame coach Don James is resting comfortably at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle following two surgical procedures for gastrointestinal issues that doctors believe were successful.
A statement released Thursday afternoon by the UW athletic department said the 80-year-old James was admitted to the hospital on Monday.
"Coach James’ family has asked for the UW to make this public to stem speculation and rumors," UW’s statement said, in part. "The family asks for the public to respect their privacy. The family also welcomes prayers for a full and speedy recovery. Any further updates will be released by the University of Washington."
James went 153-57-2 leading the Huskies 1975 through ‘92, after arriving from Kent State. He led Washington to a 12-0 season, a victory in the Rose Bowl and the co-national championship in the 1991 season.
He and his wife Carol live in the Palm Desert, Calif., half the year and in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland the other half. James remains a regular with the Huskies’ program. He has been coach Steve Sarkisian's guest at each of the three bowl games Washington has played in the last three Decembers.
Last month Sarkisian had James at practice in new Husky Stadium for what’s become the former coach’s annual address to the team. In the latest one, James implored the Huskies to seek and seize respect in their opener against Boise State.
That proved to be prescient advice, proving James is still on top of his motivational and leadership games.
Here is our story of that visit two weeks ago: http://tmblr.co/ZRc2tqsxAfwN.