If you have heard Nick Saban talk about his early influences he almost always speaks with great admiration of the late Don James.
James was coach at Kent State from 1971 to 1974 tutoring Saban, current Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, and future All-Pro linebacker Jack Lambert. He then moved on to Washington where he coached from 1975–1992, going 153–57–2, winning six Pac-10 titles and the National Championship in 1991.
Saban often credits James for the way he runs his football teams today: the Process as it has now come to be called.
The Crimson Tide Nation says thank you to Coach James and condolences to his family, friends, and the Huskies Nation.
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