Don James to begin chemotherapy

SEATTLE -- Former Washington coach Don James will begin chemotherapy next week for a malignant tumor on his pancreas.

James' family released a statement through the university on Wednesday morning. James had two surgical procedures earlier this month at Virginia Mason Medical Center for what was called a gastro-intestinal issue.

In the statement, the family says that James is at home and resting comfortably following the surgeries. The family said they were grateful for the prayers and encouraging words they have received since word of James' health problems emerged. Family members again asked for privacy.

The 80-year-old James coached at Washington in 1975-92 and led the Huskies to a share of the 1991 national title. He was 153-57-2 and led the team to six Rose Bowl appearances.