Twitter reacts to the passing of former ASU coach Frank Kush

Kush was named to the Lansing State Journal's MSU Centennial Super Squad Pre-Big Ten era list as a lineman.

One of 15 children from the Pennsylvania coal-mining town of Windber, Kush played at Michigan State, from 1950-52, helping the Spartans win the national championship in his final season.

Kush started his career at ASU in 1955 as an assistant under former head coach Dan Devine.

Kush was known for being tough on players, and he was sacked in the midst of the 1979 season, after allegations that he harassed and physically harmed his players.

Kush is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He coached the team for 22 seasons, guiding the Sun Devils to nine conference titles and six bowl victories. Three of Kush's players were also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including Curley Culp (1965-67, inducted in 2013), Mike Haynes (1972-75, inducted in 1997), and Charley Taylor (1961-63, inducted in 1984).

Arguably Arizona State's greatest season was in 1975 when they went 12-0 capping off the season with a 24-21 win at No. 12 Arizona and a Fiesta Bowl win over No. 6 Nebraska 17-14.

Kush was 176-54-1 during his 22 seasons with the Sun Devils. Throughout his life he maintained his strong connection to ASU, working with coaches and devoting time to the football program. Coach, you will be missed.

Legendary Arizona State coach Frank Kush, a College Football Hall of Famer, died at the age of 88, the university announced Thursday.

He was hired as an assistant to the athletic director in 2000, helping with fundraising efforts.

Kush coached in the Canadian Football League in 1981 before taking over the then-Baltimore Colts during the strike-shortened 1982 season. He was the head coach of the USFL's Arizona Outlaws in 1985.

The rise of Arizona State's football team coincided with the growing prominence of the university, which had fewer than 10,000 students when Mr. Kush became head coach in 1958.

  • Joey Payne