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College football roundup: Former Washington coach James dies

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Former University of Washington coach Don James, the winningest coach in Huskies history, died of pancreatic cancer, the school announced Sunday. He was 80.

James was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September.

James coached the Huskies from 1975-1992 and guided them to a share of the national championship in 1991. He was 153-57-2 at Washington and led the Huskies to six Rose Bowl appearances.

He was named national coach of the year in 1984 and 1991, and inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

James left a lasting impact on college coaching. He mentored Alabama's Nick Saban at Kent State and Missouri's Gary Pinkel at Washington. Saban played for James at Kent State in 1971 and was a graduate assistant under James from 1972-74. Pinkel was the Huskies' tight end coach in 1976, wide receivers coach from 1979-83 and offensive coordinator from 1984-90.

---Florida State moved up to No. 3 in both major polls a day after blowing out host Clemson 55-14.

Alabama and Oregon retained the top two spots in the top 25 Associated Press media and USA Today coaches polls.

Ohio State (7-0) is No. 4 in both major polls. Missouri (7-0) moved up to No. 5 in the AP poll while Baylor (6-0) occupies the fifth spot in the coaches poll.

Auburn (6-1) made the biggest jump in the AP poll from 24th to No. 11 after its 45-41 victory over Texas A&M, which fell from seventh to No. 14. Louisville (6-1) fell the hardest from eighth to No. 18 after losing to Central Florida.

---South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, who injured his knee in Saturday's loss to Tennessee, probably will not be lost for the season as originally feared, but his status for Saturday's game against Missouri is unclear.

Shaw was diagnosed with a severely sprained knee, which is a less severe injury that initially suspected.

Coach Steve Spurrier said Sunday that Shaw will not need surgery.

---Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees, who left Saturday's game against USC in the third quarter because of a neck injury, is expected to return to practice on Tuesday, coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday.

Kelly still listed Rees' status as "day-to-day," so it's not certain that Rees will be available for Saturday's game against Air Force.

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