James flew home to California to be with his father and family on Wednesday when Terry's health took a turn for the worse.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with James and his family," CU head coach Dan Hawkins said. "This is obviously a difficult time for him, he's an outstanding young man and we will do everything we can for him. He needs the support of all of us and from every Buff fan."
James, a fifth-year senior, started one game in 2004, and also the team's bowl game vs. Clemson this past December. He missed spring ball, however, after suffering a broken bone in his throwing hand. Most considered the job a two-man race between juniors Bernard Jackson and Brian White after James missed spring practices.
But James won the starting spot, and was under center when the Buffs lined up against Montana State in the season opener. Terry told the Daily Camera prior to the MSU game that James took pleasure in calling him the day Hawkins named James the starter.
"He said, 'You know who you're talking to?'" Terry Cox told the Camera. "You're talking to the starting quarterback of the Buffaloes."
Following the game, Jackson was moved ahead of James at quarterback. A week later, White transferred.
With James likely to miss Saturday's game at Georgia, true freshman Cody Hawkins has moved into the backup role behind Jackson. Redshirt-freshman Patrick Devenny, who was recruited to CU as a quarterback but moved to tight end after spring ball, took snaps at quarterback this week and will play their in an emergency situation.
Hawkins has held a spot for Cox on the travel roster should he decide to travel to Athens, Ga., to join his teammates, but Hawkins wants and expects him to remain in California at least through the weekend, the CU press release stated.
Those wishing to send a note of condolece to James Cox can write to:
James Cox c/o CU Football
Boulder, CO 80309-0368.