Washington to unveil Don James statue on October 27

Don James-Husky Stadium-Washington

Saturdays are for college football, but the Washington Huskies have some extra plans in store on Friday night, announcing on Sunday that they will be unveiling a statue of legendary football coach Don James on October 27.

At 5 p.m. in the northwest plaza outside of Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium, Bob Rondeau, the voice of the Huskies for four decades, will host the dedication, which will include remarks from Athletic Director Jennifer Cohen, Husky Hall of Famer Warren Moon and former coach Gary Pinkel.

James served as the coach of the Huskies for 18 seasons, from 1974 to 1993. Two years prior to his retirement, he led the Huskies to a national championship and finished with an overall record of 153-57-2. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997, passing away 16 years later, at the age of 80, due to pancreatic cancer.

James’ head coaching career got its start at Kent State in 1971, winning 25 games and losing 19. Perhaps more important than his record was whom he coached: Future NFL great Jack Lambert, sure-fire Hall of Famer Nick Saban, and Pinkel, who coached at Missouri.

In his 18 years at Washington, James had just one losing season, a 5-6 campaign in 1976. In 1991, he assembled an undefeated record, punctuated with his fourth Rose Bowl win.

The statue, which was sculpted by artist Lou Cella, will stand 8 feet, 6 inches tall and weigh close to 500 pounds.

The day after the unveiling, of course, the Huskies will host UCLA for a pivotal Week 9 matchup. Washington is coming off a bye week, seeking its eighth straight win after a week off. UCLA, meanwhile, is on the heels of a big win over Oregon.

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