Frank Kush

Football Player and Coach
Born Jan 20, 1929

Frank Joseph Kush is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Arizona State University from 1958 to 1979, compiling a record of 176–54–1. Kush was also the coach of the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1981, the National Football League's Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts from 1982 to 1984, and the Arizona Outlaws of the United States Football League in 1985.… Read More

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1929 Birth Born on January 20, 1929.


1950 21 Years Old Kush was born in Windber, Pennsylvania. He played three years as a 5'7", 150-pound defensive lineman at Michigan State University from 1950 to 1952, earning All-American honors in 1952 helping the Spartans capture a national championship in his last season. … Read More
1958 29 Years Old When Devine left in 1958 to become the head coach at the University of Missouri, Kush was promoted to the position, which he would hold for the next 22 years. … Read More


1969 40 Years Old Kush's return would begin a memorable era in Sun Devil football history with five consecutive Western Athletic Conference championships as the team won 50 of 56 games from 1969 to 1973. … Read More
1978 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1978, Kush's team once again finished 9–3, this time defeating Rutgers in the Garden State Bowl. … Read More


1979 50 Years Old On October 13, 1979, Kush was fired as head coach for interfering with the school's internal investigation into Rutledge's allegations. … Read More
1980 51 Years Old After nearly two years, Kush would be found not liable in the case, but would be off the sidelines during 1980, the first time in more than 30 years that he had been away from the game. … Read More
1982 53 Years Old That performance helped Kush return to the United States when the Baltimore Colts hired him in 1982. … Read More
1983 54 Years Old John Elway's refusal to play for the Colts after they chose him first overall in the 1983 draft has been attributed to his desire not to play for Kush. … Read More
1984 55 Years Old After just four wins in fifteen games in 1984, Kush quit on December 13, just days before the final game of the season. … Read More
1986 57 Years Old However, the league folded in August 1986, with Kush then living off his personal services contract with Outlaws owner Bill Tatham by offering assistance to beginners in a local youth football league, joking, "I'm the highest-paid Pop Warner coach in the country." … Read More


1995 66 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1995, Kush was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, then was welcomed back to Arizona State the next year.
1996 67 Years Old On September 21, 1996, the school held Frank Kush Day and announced that the playing field at Sun Devil Stadium would be named "Frank Kush Field" in his honor. … Read More
2000 71 Years Old On July 26, 2000, Kush was officially hired by Arizona State as an assistant to the athletic director, serving as a fund-raiser for the athletic department. … Read More
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