News of the passing of legendary Arizona State football coach Frank Kush brought reactions from many of the people he'd impacted over a lifetime of football. After starting as an assistant under Dan Devine in 1955, Kush took over the as head coach in late 1957, where he remained until 1979, amassing 176 wins and remaining to this day the winningest coach in the history of Arizona State football.
ASU President Michael Crow
"Coach Kush built ASU into a national football power. 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.”
ASU Vice President for University Athletics Ray Anderson
“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."
ASU Head Football Coach Todd Graham
“My thoughts and prayers are with the Kush family,” said head football coach Todd 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.”
We will never forget the joy on his face. He loved this game and loved his players! pic.twitter.com/fBOvNcawFx
— Todd Graham (@CoachGrahamASU) June 22, 2017
Current ASU Players
RIP Coach Kush ASU LEGEND ! #TTH
— Sincere From Belly (@TheFaceOfCali) June 22, 2017
Former ASU Players
Saddened to hear of the passing of the legendary Frank Kush. Thankful I got to play my heart out on Kush Field every Saturday #ForksUp
— Strizzy (@JaelenStrong) June 22, 2017
RIP 2 the legendary Coach Frank Kush. While at ASU some of my best memories were meeting with Coach Kush every Monday & getting a game recap
— Rudy Carpenter (@rudygcarp12) June 22, 2017
RIP to frank kush, a sun devil forever 🙏🏾
— Marcus Hardison (@13igDuke) June 22, 2017
RIP to the legendary Coach Frank Kush! #ASU 🔱
— Derek Hagan (@dhagan80) June 22, 2017
Rest In Peace Coach Kush , thankful for everything you did for ASU .
— D.J. Foster (@ASTATE_8) June 22, 2017
— Nick Kelly (@CoachKelly50) June 22, 2017
RIP Coach Kush. You coached athletes and made men. Blessings to the Kush family.
— Jeff van Raaphorst (@JvanRaaphorst) June 22, 2017
Sad to hear that legendary ASU coach Frank Kush has passed away. He was a model of toughness & work ethic for everyone who grew up here.
— Greg Stanton (@MayorStanton) June 22, 2017
Sorry to hear about the passing of legendary @ASU football coach Frank Kush.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) June 22, 2017
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) June 22, 2017
— Kyrsten Sinema (@kyrstensinema) June 22, 2017
Reactions from the Media
RIP Coach Kush. Simply put: the greatest Sun Devil of all time.
— Tim Healey (@TimHealeyASU) June 22, 2017
Frank Kush died today at 88 in PHX. In Mount Rushmore of Arizona sports history, it's Kush, Jerry Colangelo, Lute Olson and big gap to No. 4
— Greg Hansen (@ghansen711) June 22, 2017
— Matt Barrie (@MattBarrie) June 22, 2017
— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) June 22, 2017
Recalling my first meeting with Frank Kush. Let's just say he took pity on me: https://t.co/RDOB22qIDW
— scott bordow (@sbordow) June 22, 2017
A story about my 30-minute interview with Frank Kush that left me with the biggest pit stains of my life: https://t.co/eJM9HZyCoZ
— Shane Dale (@ShaneDaleABC15) June 22, 2017
Rest in peace, Frank Kush.
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) June 22, 2017
Other Local Sports Franchises
Our thoughts are with the family & friends of longtime @FootballASU coach Frank Kush whose impact on our game & community is undeniable.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) June 22, 2017
Thinking about Frank Kush and all who worked with him. pic.twitter.com/BYnNd0W02V
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) June 22, 2017
And a classy message from the team Frank Kush defeated 16 times
— Arizona Athletics (@AZATHLETICS) June 22, 2017