Frank Kush was 88 years old. He had 19 winning seasons and won nine conference championships. He won 176 games, lost 54 and had one tie.
Kush became an assistant coach at Arizona State in 1955 under former Spartan assistant coach Dan Devine.
One player who incurred Kush's wrath fought back.
Read the full story about Kush and his impact on the university on the Sun Devil Athletics site here. Punter Kevin Rutledge said Kush punched him during a game against Washington in the previous season, leading to Kush's dismissal five games into the year.
Photo Kush in April 2015 at the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Scottsdale, Ariz. His teams were physical and aggressive. He did quit in 1979, transferring to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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Kush later sued the university and the Arizona Board of Regents, reportedly settling the case for $200,000. But he was sacked in October 1979, with his team at 3-2. He later became a special assistant to the university's athletic director.
During his tenure Kush coached and mentored three College Football Hall of Fame inductees, including Bob Breunig (1972-74, inducted in 2015), Mike Haynes (1972-75, inducted in 2001), and John Jefferson (1974-77, inducted in 2002).
After Kush was sacked from the program in 1979, he went on to coach in professional football coaching a season in the Canadian Football League with Hamilton in 1981 before returning to the United States to spend three seasons as the coach with the Indianapolis Colts from 1982-84 before ending his coaching career with the USFL's Arizona Outlaws in 1985. After three seasons as an assistant, Kush was named head coach of the Sun Devils on December 22, 1957.
Kush was known for being tough on players, and he was sacked in the midst of the 1979 season, after allegations that he harassed and physically harmed his players. But he added, "I learned so much from him about setting goals high and overcoming obstacles".
Our thoughts are with the Kush family.
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Kush was eventually welcomed back to Arizona State.
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.
FILE - In this December 24, 1977, file photo, Penn State's Joe Paterno, left, and Arizona State's Frank Kush, pose for pictures at the Fiesta Bowl luncheon in Phoenix. His wife, Frances, died in 2010. That year, Arizona State finished second in the national rankings behind Oklahoma.
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