Frank Kush
American football player and coach
Frank Kush
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.
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A look back at football legend John Elway
The Stanford Daily - almost 5 years
(The Stanford Daily Archives)   With Andrew Luck ’12 as the projected No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft, The Stanford Daily took a look back at the last time a Stanford player was in a similar position–legendary quarterback John Elway ’83 in the 1983 NFL draft. “One thing is for sure…Elway will be a millionaire soon. Be it baseball or football, the 22-year-old economics major will probably sign the largest professional contact ever offered to a rookie athlete,” reported The Daily on April 25, 1983. Elway was to be Stanford’s first No. 1 draft pick since 1972, when the New England Patriots selected Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett. In 1983, Elway, a two-sport star at Stanford, had hinted that he preferred to play football over baseball, but would think twice if offered a position on the Baltimore Colts or another East Coast NFL team. Elway was drafted by the Colts and was, predictably, unhappy about the arrangement. The Daily reported on April 27, 1983. “Mr. Kush, I don ...
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The newcomer's guide to the Pac-12 - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
Way before that, it was the merciless Frank Kush who put the Sun Devils on the map, wildly successful first in the old Border Conference, then in the Western Athletic Conference. "I treat my players all the same: terrible," Kush said. No kidding
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Marcos de Niza football routs Notre Dame Prep in opener - Arizona Republic
Google News - over 5 years
26, 2011 11:21 PM Former Arizona State coach Frank Kush was at Tempe Marcos de Niza on Friday to watch the Padres host Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep. Kush expressed admiration for Marcos' Sun-Devilish uniforms. His admiration doubled after Marcos de Niza
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Pat's Run set for April 21 in Tempe - Arizona Republic
Google News - over 5 years
Runners cross the finish line at the 42-yard line of Frank Kush Field, inside Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium, to symbolize the #42 jersey Tillman wore while he was a Sun Devil football player. Pat's Run is the foundation's primary
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8/24-9/11: 'Boeing-Boeing' takes flight at Phoenix Theatre - AZ Central.com
Google News - over 5 years
He just shot a spot for Arizona State University, playing legendary football coach Frank Kush. He's also starring in a full-length infomercial for a water-filtration system. "I keep getting people randomly that have seen it, going, 'I didn't know you
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Greg Hansen: Miner's son turned ASU into gold - Arizona Daily Star
Google News - over 5 years
Released from military service in 1955, Frank Kush drove from Fort Benning, Ga., to Tempe and accepted a $3600 salary to be the line coach at Arizona State College. Kush was a 26-year-old Michigan State grad with a wife, an infant son and no idea what
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Redskins vs. Colts: 5 Things to Watch During NFL Preseason Week 2 Matchup - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
He and Frank Kush, who was with the Colts when they made their infamous "Midnight Move" to Indianapolis, are the only men to be a head coach for the Colts in both Baltimore and Indianapolis. While it may be only preseason to the casual fan,
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Paterno toughens his Nittany Lions | Philadelphia Daily News | 2011-08-17 - Philadelphia Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
... FERNANDEZ BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ STATE COLLEGE - When it comes to being a coaching taskmaster, Penn State icon Joe Paterno probably doesn't rate quite as high on the rant-o-meter as such legendary disciplinarians as Vince Lombardi and Frank Kush
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Never underestimate value of BYU, Utah, - FOXSports.com
Google News - over 5 years
At one point Fowler talked to Frank Kush at ASU about transferring so he could start. But it never progressed. Fowler decided to bide his time in case Bosco got injured. A career reserve? If it ate him alive like it did his family and friends,
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No other annual event can top 'The Game' - Arizona Daily Star
Google News - over 5 years
Frank Kush's Sun Devils were reeling just before halftime in '75, trailing 14-3, as Jim Young's Wildcats were on the brink of the greatest upset in Territorial Cup history, ready to claim the coveted Fiesta Bowl berth opposite Nebraska
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Ohio State's loss of Davon Coleman could be ASU's gain - Tucson Citizen
Google News - over 5 years
But the spin of the wheel puts him at Arizona State for the next three seasons in sort of a throwback to the Frank Kush days when athletes from the Northeast regularly found their way onto ASU's football, baseball and track rosters
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All-time ASU, Arizona MLB All-Star team: Reggie Jackson, Barry Bonds lead list - AZ Central.com
Google News - over 5 years
Reggie Jackson came all the way from Pennsylvania, but that's not surprising either, since he was originally recruited to play football by Pennsylvania native Frank Kush. Jackson played baseball at ASU only in 1966. All but one member, JT Snow,
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Kush sees rough road for Pac-12 newcomers - FS Arizona
Google News - over 5 years
A pair of Arizona State legends: Jake Plummer and Frank Kush. (Matt Kartozian / US Presswire) Craig Morgan has covered the Arizona sports scene for the past 18 year for The Arizona Republic, East Valley Tribune and FOXSportsArizona.com
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Legacy Scholars follow in family footsteps to attend ASU - Arizona State University
Google News - over 5 years
... four generations of proud Sun Devils, including grandparents who participated in the successful ballot initiative that allowed ASU to become a university in 1958 and a grandfather who played football under Sun Devil coaching legend Frank Kush
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ASU Football: Sun Devil Mentality Amid All the Preseason Hype - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Sure, the Frank Kush days in Tempe were nothing but sunshine, conference titles, and beating the best from the Midwest every chance he got, but no one then knew what an iPod was, or ever would be, let alone an iPhone. The times have changed,
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Posible huelga en la NFL - MPuebla.com
Google News - over 5 years
En esa campaña los Baltimore Colts fueron el peor equipo de la liga al terminar 0-8-1, bajo el mando de Frank Kush. De muy poco le sirvió la primera selección del Draft a los Colts, ya que tomaron al quarterback John Elway, quien dijo que si no lo
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Kickin' It: Did King James read the Elway playbook? - Denver Post
Google News - over 5 years
(Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post ) Frank Kush to trade a rookie to an NFL franchise the young quarterback liked better. The rest is history. Think James has studied his sports history? "If James represents the American way, then so do Bernie Madoff,
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CSNBaltimore.com/PressBoxOnline.com - CSNBaltimore.com
Google News - over 5 years
Frank Kush, a hard-nosed, no-nonsense coach, came to the team after a successful stint at Arizona State and provided a stark contrast to the easygoing Mike McCormack. After a 3-2 preseason, Kush's Spartan ways seemed to produce instant signs of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Frank Kush
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2000
    Age 71
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Kush worked under only one head coach:
  • 1996
    Age 67
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On the same night Arizona State went on to upset then #1 Nebraska in a dramatic 19–0 shutout, handing the Cornhuskers their first loss in over two seasons. In addition to the field honors, a bronze statue was placed outside the stadium.
  • 1995
    Age 66
    On may 18th 1995 he had his first born child, Carl Kush.
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    In 1995, Kush was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, then was welcomed back to Arizona State the next year.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1986
    Age 57
    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."
    More Details Hide Details Kush also used his disciplinarian image to serve as director of the Arizona Boys Ranch, a facility used to reform juvenile offenders.
  • 1984
    Age 55
    After just four wins in fifteen games in 1984, Kush quit on December 13, just days before the final game of the season.
    More Details Hide Details Citing a desire to be closer to friends and family, Kush accepted a three-year contract with the United States Football League's Arizona Outlaws.
  • 1983
    Age 54
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Colts improved the following year with a 7–9 record, then moved to Indianapolis during the off-season, much to the disappointment of Kush who had wanted the team to negotiate a move to Phoenix.
  • 1982
    Age 53
    That performance helped Kush return to the United States when the Baltimore Colts hired him in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details During the strike-shortened season, the Colts had the dubious record of being the first NFL team since the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers to not win a game during the season, finishing 0–8–1.
  • 1980
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The case itself would have far-reaching implications for coaches everywhere, making them consider the different ways to best motivate and/or punish players. Future NFL players who played under Kush at Arizona State include Charley Taylor, Curley Culp, Danny White, Benny Malone, Mike Haynes, and John Jefferson and Steve Holden. Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson also played a year of football at Arizona State for Kush on a football scholarship before switching to baseball. Kush moved to the Canadian Football League the following year, serving as head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In his only season with the team, he led his squad to an 11–4–1 mark and a berth in the CFL Eastern Conference championship game. Controversy followed him to the CFL, however, with Kush quarreling with some Ti-Cats players when he attempted to ban the common practice of taping shoes and ankles.
  • FORTIES
  • 1979
    Age 50
    On October 13, 1979, Kush was fired as head coach for interfering with the school's internal investigation into Rutledge's allegations.
    More Details Hide Details Athletic director Fred Miller cited Kush's alleged attempts to pressure players and coaches into keeping quiet. The decision came just three hours before the team's home game against Washington. Kush was allowed to coach the game, with the Sun Devils pulling off an emotional 12–7 upset of the sixth-ranked Huskies, fueled by the angry crowd incensed by the decision. After the game ended, Kush was carried off the field by his team. The win gave him a 3–2 record on the season, but all three victories were later forfeited when it was determined that Arizona State had used ineligible players.
  • 1978
    Age 49
    The most dramatic charge was that Kush had punched Rutledge in the mouth after a bad punt in the October 28, 1978, game against the Washington Huskies.
    More Details Hide Details During the next few weeks, overzealous fans turned things ugly when the insurance office of Rutledge's father suffered a fire and the family's attorney received two death threats.
    In 1978, Kush's team once again finished 9–3, this time defeating Rutgers in the Garden State Bowl.
    More Details Hide Details That win would be one of the final highlights of Kush's tenure as controversy and scandal the next year toppled him from his head coaching position. In September 1979 former Sun Devil punter Kevin Rutledge filed a $1.1 million lawsuit against the school, accusing Kush and his staff of mental and physical harassment that forced him to transfer.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1969
    Age 40
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, Arizona State won the 1970 Peach Bowl and the first three editions of the Fiesta Bowl. In 1974, the team dropped to 7–4, but bounced back with authority the following year when they went 12–0, capping the year with a thrilling 17–14 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Fiesta Bowl, a game in which Kush's son, Danny, kicked three field goals, including the game winner. A down year in 1976 saw the team fall to 4–7, but another comeback resulted the next year with a 9–3 mark. In that year's Fiesta Bowl, the Sun Devils lost a bowl game for the only time under Kush's leadership, with a 42–30 defeat to Penn State.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1958
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During his time at Arizona State, Kush was known for being one of the most physically demanding coaches in the game. His daily football practices in the heat of the Arizona desert are still the stuff of legend today. One of his drills was known as "Bull in the Ring", whereupon he would have the players form a circle. He would put a player in the middle (most often, a player he felt needed "motivation"), call out a uniform number, and blow his whistle. That player would charge the player in the middle and the two would engage in contact until Kush blew the whistle again. Whichever of the two players gave the best effort would go back to the circle, while the player "dogging it" would stay in until Kush decided he could quit. Former NFL and Arizona State player Curley Culp once broke a teammate's facemask during this drill.
  • 1950
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After a stint in the United States Army, where Kush rose to the rank of first lieutenant as he coached the Fort Benning football team, he accepted an assistant coaching position at Arizona State under former assistant Spartan coach Dan Devine.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1929
    Age 0
    Born on January 20, 1929.
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