Arizona State coaching legend Frank Kush, who ushered the program's multi-decade ascendence into prominence that coincided with the rise of the university, died early Thursday, according to the school. The words weakness and mediocrity were never found in his vocabulary.
Mr. Kush's career record at ASU was 176-54-1.
Kush led the Sun Devils to six victories in seven bowl games, including the 1970 Peach Bowl and 1975 Fiesta Bowl where the team capped off two undefeated seasons.
Kush served as Sun Devils' coach from 1958-79 before a controversial exit. Kush was sacked nearly a year later for interfering with the school's investigation.
FILE- In this December 6, 2010, file photo, Hall of Fame football coach Frank Kush, left, speaks to former Marshall University coach Jack Lengyel at the 2010 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year press conference in NY. A man who made his mark in the desert, who set the standards for excellence for others to follow. Kush also spent one season as head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. Months later, ASU fired athletic director Fred Miller amid a NCAA investigation into infractions violations under Kush, which ultimately resulted in a two-year probation and one-year postseason ban in 1981. He is still the team's all-time winningest coach with 19 winning seasons and nine conference championships.More news: Floyd Mayweather trash talks Conor McGregor during workout
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Preceding his coaching career, Kush served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army, while simultaneously coaching the Fort Benning football team. He was the head coach of the USFL's Arizona Outlaws in 1985.
Kush became an assistant coach at Arizona State in 1955 under former Spartan assistant coach Dan Devine.
Kush coached the Baltimore Colts from 1982-83 and was the first head coach for the team after they moved to Indianapolis in 1984.
During his tenure Kush coached and mentored three College Football Hall of Fame inductees, including Bob Breunig (1972-74, inducted in 2015), Mike Haynes (1972-75, inducted in 2001), and John Jefferson (1974-77, inducted in 2002).