Former ASU Football Coach Frank Kush Dies

Former ASU Head Coach Frank Kush being carried off the field at the end of the Camp T scrimmage. Photo by NBC Sports Radio AM 1060.

Former ASU Head Coach Frank Kush being carried off the field at the end of the Camp T scrimmage in 2015. Photo by NBC Sports Radio AM 1060.

PHOENIX— Legendary Arizona State head football coach Frank Kush died on Thursday at an East Valley hospital at the age of 88-years-old.

*Updated June 27, 2017* ASU football announced the Kush family is welcoming a public viewing for Sun Devil fans to pay their respects. The viewing will take place Wednesday, July 5 at All Saints Catholic Newman Center in Tempe ( located at 230 E. University Drive Tempe, AZ 85281. The viewing will last from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Kush coached the Sun Devils from 1955-1979 and ended with a 176-54-1 record, including nine conference championship titles and a 6-1 bowl-game record. His prowess was rewarded with an induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995.

Kush had some stints in the professional football ranks, coaching the CFL Hamilton Tiger Cats and spent three years with the Baltimore Colts. Kush returned to Arizona to coach the USFL Phoenix team.

The football field at Sun Devil Stadium was renamed after Kush, forever cementing his legacy with the Arizona State football program.

In the all important rivalry between the University of Arizona, Kush’s teams faced the Wildcats 21 times and came out on top 16 times, including a stint in which the Sun Devils won nine consecutive times.


*Updated 10:47 a.m.*

Current ASU head coach Todd Graham released a statement through the ASU media department about Kush’s passing.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Kush family,” said Graham. “It was a privilege to have known such a coaching legend and man. His legacy will always be the cornerstone of the Arizona State football program. Coach Kush, I will miss you my friend.”

Vice President of Athletics Ray Anderson also released a statement offering his condolences to the Kush family and solidifying legacy he left behind.

“Frank Kush is Sun Devil football.  Frank was the architect of Sun Devil football and is revered by all Sun Devils everywhere.  He’s a college football Hall of Famer, he’s in our Hall of Distinction and the field at Sun Devil Stadium is named after him.  Today, he and his family are in our hearts.”

The President of Arizona State University, Dr. Michael Crow weighed in on the impact Kush had on the athletics department and beyond.

“Coach Kush built ASU into a national football power,” Crow said. “He taught us how to make football work, and he put ASU on the map long before it was a full-scale university. Throughout his life he maintained his strong connection to ASU, working with coaches and devoting time to the football program. By growing ASU football he helped us build the whole university into what it is today. He will be sorely missed.”
*Updated June 23, 2017 8:45 a.m.*
Former ASU linebacker Ron Pritchard joined The Sports Rage with former Super Bowl champion Dale Hellestrae and the Angry Fan. Pritchard played under Kush and reminisced on his time at Arizona State, the relationship he had with Kush and more.


**Updated June, 23, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.**

Former ASU quarterback Danny White joined The SportsZone with Bob Kemp sharing his memories of Kush. White expressed Kush’s immense impact on his career and so much more.



Former ASU defensive back Mike Haynes joined Bob Kemp in The SportsZone delving into his time with ASU football and the impact Frank Kush had on him and his family. Some great stories from Haynes.