Former Arizona State coach Kush dies

He guided the Sun Devils to seven Western Athletic Conference Championships, part of posting a winning season in 19 of his 22 seasons as head coach. He took over the program in 1955 after then head coach Dan Devine left to take the same job at Missouri.Kush, a three-year letterwinner (1950-52) at MSU under coach Biggie Munn, played on the defensive line during the Spartans’ undefeated seasons in 1951 and 1952.While making a move from the WAC to the Pac-12 conference, Kush sported a 6-1 bowl record and a 16-5 record in Territorial Cup games versus Arizona.The coach ended his tenure at Arizona State after punter Kevin Rutledge claimed Kush shook his face mask and punched him during a game in 1978.”Frank Kush is Sun Devil football”, said ASU Vice President for University Athletics Ray Anderson. Kush was named head coach of the Sun Devils in December 1957. Following the 1975 Fiesta Bowl win, the Sun Devils finished second in the national polls, their highest ever under Kush. Kush was 88-years old. Kush coached 38 All-Americans and 128 of players he coached went on to play in the NFL.He went on to make stops with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL, Baltimore Colts of the National Football League and Arizona Outlaws of the USFL, but Kush never matched the consistent success he found with the Sun Devils.Kush went on to win 176 games – the most in school history – across 21.5 seasons and was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995.While his presence on the field greatly impacted the football program, his presence was just as great off it helping to expand the school’s student body and make large improvements to Sun Devil Stadium, where the field is named in his honor.