Legendary Michigan State All-American, Arizona State coach Frank Kush dies

Jun 25, 2017, 01:12
Legendary Michigan State All-American, Arizona State coach Frank Kush dies

Frank Kush, who put Arizona State football on the map before a controversial end to his tenure, has died at age 88. The words weakness and mediocrity were never found in his vocabulary. He compiled an overall record of 176-54-1, and is the winningest coach in school history. He was named national coach of the year in 1975, when Arizona State went 12-0 and gained the No. 2 national ranking.

Arizona State confirmed the death on Thursday. "He made me a man", said Kauahi. Kush was a part of the Arizona State family since 1955 and served in many roles over the years, most recently as an ambassador for Sun Devil Athletics.

Hall of Fame football coach Frank Kush, left, speaks to former Marshall University coach Jack Lengyel at the 2010 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year press conference and announcment in New York, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. During Kush's three seasons on the varsity team, the Spartans produced a 26-1 overall record, including back-to-back National Championships in 1951 (9-0) and 1952 (9-0). His teams won two Border Conference and seven Western Athletic Conference titles.

Famously demanding, he was known for putting his Arizona State players through grueling training camps in the August heat and requiring those who committed mental lapses to run up and down a steep, treeless 500-foot slope of loose sand and shale that became known as Mount Kush.

He was hired as an assistant to the athletic director in 2000, helping with fundraising efforts.

Preceding his coaching career, Kush served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army, while simultaneously coaching the Fort Benning football team. He also coached the Arizona Outlaws in the USFL in 1985.

Kush was sacked by Arizona State in 1979 due to an incident during a 1978 game in which he punched punter Kevin Rutledge and shook his face mask during a game. Some of Mr. Kush's assistant coaches were allegedly told to lie in an effort to hide the actions.

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