First head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Frank Kush, dies at 88

Jun 25, 2017, 01:09
First head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Frank Kush, dies at 88

Kush was a member of the 1952 Michigan State Spartans National Championship team, where he earned first team All-American accolades.

Kush went 11-28-1 before resigning with a game left in the 1984 season. In his college coaching career, Kush was the head man at Arizona State from 1958-1979, compiling a record of 176-51-1.

Photo Kush in April 2015 at the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Kush, a Windber native, starred for the Ramblers on the offensive and defensive line from 1945 to 1947, garnering All-State honors his senior season. In a key game vs. Purdue, Kush recovered a fumble and helped limit the Boilermakers to just 31 rushing yards. MSU went 26-1 during Kush's three seasons. An ROTC student at Michigan State, Kush majored in physical education.

He served in the Army before becoming an assistant coach at Arizona State under Dan Devine.

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.

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With Kush's 1975 team finishing second in the national rankings, he was named the National Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association and the Walter Camp Foundation. He was named national Coach of the Year after a ideal 12-0 season in 1975, one of two undefeated seasons for his ASU teams. Kush's Sun Devils teams played in five Fiesta Bowls, winning four of them.

Read the full story about Kush and his impact on the university on the Sun Devil Athletics site here. Coach, you will be missed.

After ASU Kush served as Head Coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL in 1981 and as Head Coach of the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts from 1982-84.

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Arizona State's athletic director was later fired as fallout from the scandal, and the school was placed on probation by the NCAA for a number of violations while Mr. Kush was head coach.

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