Reaction to the passing of Frank Kush, winningest coach in ASU History

Ralph Amsden, Staff Writer
ASU Devils

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.


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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.”

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And a classy message from the team Frank Kush defeated 16 times

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