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Tempe remembers ASU football coach Frank Kush on the day of his passing

Post Date:06/22/2017 11:00 AM

Contact: 
Kris Baxter-Ging
City of Tempe 
Public Information Officer
480 858-2059

Early this morning, former Arizona State University football coach Frank Kush died. He was 88 years old. 

"Frank Kush was a giant. He was the heart and soul of the ASU Sun Devil football team for 21 years and his legacy with ASU and Tempe will not be soon forgotten," Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell said. "I'm sending my thoughts and prayers to his family and to anyone who Coach Kush touched over his many years of service to our community."

Kush coached ASU football from 1958 - 1979, winning 176 games. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995. The playing field at ASU Sun Devil Stadium was named after the longtime coach on Sept. 21, 1996. 

Kush played college football himself. He was a defensive lineman at Michigan State University from 1950 to 1952, earning All-American honors. 

After his career at ASU ended, Kush moved on to professional football with the NFL’s Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, the USFL’s Arizona Outlaws, as well as the Canadian team the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. 

He will be missed by many football fans and people around the world. 

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Photo courtesy ASU.

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