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Don James has pancreatic cancer

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by micropolitan guy, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Haven't seen this anyplace here, but sorry if it's a DB:

    Former Washington football coach Don James has pancreatic cancer.


    Great coach. Pretty dry sense of humor, too, especially during Apple Cup week, when he'd come up with some good zingers about the Cougs.
  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    A friend's husband has pancreatic cancer. Apparently, it's one of the worst kinds you can get...

    Very sad news.
  3. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    James is pretty much solely responsible for unleashing Nick Saban on the football world. Saban played for James at Kent State, and as the story goes, had no intention of going into coaching. He was planning on going back to his hometown in West Virginia to sell cars.

    But he was looking for something to do while waiting for his wife (who is a year younger) to graduate, and James offered him a GA job.
  4. Liut

    Liut Active Member

    Sad news, indeed. Gary Pinkel is another off the James coaching tree. Wishing all the best.
  5. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    It's very difficult to detect, so in many cases by the time it's caught, it's far too late.
  6. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    I believe Patrick Swayze also had pancreatic cancer and i watched a special on his final months. Horrible, horrible disease.
  7. Sea Bass

    Sea Bass Well-Known Member

    Basically, if you get it in the liver or pancreas you're fucked.

    Also, I read the thread title and thought it said Dion James had pancreatic cancer.
  8. RubberSoul1979

    RubberSoul1979 Active Member

    "The Dawgfather" will remain a revered figure among Husky followers forever. Wouldn't be surprised if they named the stadium after him.

    Bud Withers of the Seattle Times will go on at length on the subject, but it's hard to believe Washington reeled of four -- four! -- bad hires in succession after James resigned. Jim Lambright, Rick Neuheisel, Keith Gilbertson and Ty Willingham collectively sent the program back so far, it's not a surprise Sarkisian is still aiming for his breakthrough season.
  9. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    I don't think Lambo was a bad hire. Considering the sanctions James left him with, he did a more than decent job and left Slick Rick with a Rose Bowl team. Neiheisel did win a Rose Bowl.

    Hedges screwed the program when she forced Neiheisel out, even though there had been some slippage late in his regime. Gilbertson, a stopgap hire, was a major, major mistake as was Willingham, who was a real tight-ass and a horrible fit for the PNW. Jury is still out on Sark. They are getting better but with some of the guys on his staff it's just a matter of time before the NCAA comes sniffing around.
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