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Huskies, rival tip cap to James

Washington today pays tribute to former football coach Don James, who died Sunday at 80.

Associated Press (2011)

Washington today pays tribute to former football coach Don James, who died Sunday at 80.

SEATTLE — More than 20 years after Don James last coached a game, this week for Washington is all about him.

The former Washington coach, who led the Huskies to a share of the national title in 1991, died Sunday at 80 from pancreatic cancer.

And tonight, when the Huskies (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) host California (1-6, 0-4), is the first chance for the school to pay tribute to James.

James' family will serve as honorary captains, and the school will have a halftime tribute. James was so respected among his conference peers that California will wear "DJ" decals on the back of its helmets though he dominated the Golden Bears during his Washington tenure, going 12-2.

"We're trying to live up to a standard that he set, but that's the reason I chose this job," Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said. "I came here to win championships. Coach James set the standard."

James owned a school-record 153 wins and one national title at Washington.

BYU 37, Boise St. 20: Taysom Hill threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 69 yards and another score for the host Cougars (6-2), who won their fifth straight and first in four meetings with the Broncos. Boise State (5-3) has three regular-season losses for the first time since 2005. BYU became bowl eligible and immediately accepted a bid to the Fight Hunger Bowl, Dec. 27 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Missouri: Backup quarterback Corbin Berkstresser is out indefinitely with a torn medial meniscus in his left knee. Berkstresser was injured Oct. 15 in practice and had arthroscopic surgery Thursday, the school said.

Maryland: The team will be missing its starting quarterback, tailback and tight end, and top two receivers today against Clemson. Less than a week after receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long suffered season-ending lower-leg fractures against Wake Forest, quarterback C.J. Brown (hip-oblique), running back Brandon Ross (shoulder) and tight end Dave Stinebaugh (knee) will sit out.

Basketball

UConn player eligible: Connecticut forward Kentan Facey was granted a waiver for this season and allowed four years of eligibility by the NCAA, which was looking into eligibility issues related to his schooling in Jamaica, the university said.

St. John's: Sophomore center Chris Obekpa was suspended for the Red Storm's two exhibition games for a violation of university policy.

Obituary: Wes Bialosuknia, who led Connecticut in scoring at 28 points a game in the 1966-67 season, died Wednesday of cancer, the Hartford Courant reported. He was 68.

Elsewhere

Volleyball: Host USF (12-10, 6-2 American Athletic Conference) won its fourth straight match, 3-1 over Memphis, in a conference meeting.

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