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Alumni Association sponsors photo contest featuring Frank Kush


September 14, 2011

The Arizona State University Alumni Association will honor ASU’s legendary football coach, Frank Kush, by sponsoring a photo contest that asks Sun Devils to send in pictures of themselves with the iconic sports leader.

It’s hard to believe that when Kush began his tenure at ASU, the Valley was home to only one football team: the ASU Sun Devils. Kush was head coach for more than two decades – from 1958 to 1979, taking over the team the year that ASU officially achieved university status. He led the Sun Devils to nine conference titles and his teams went 6-1 in bowl games. Kush was named the 1975 National Coach of the Year and inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995.

In 1996, ASU renamed the playing field at Sun Devil Stadium “Frank Kush Field.” Over the years, Kush has remained active and visible at ASU, and his popularity with a new generation of Sun Devil fans has grown.
The contest is one element of a tribute to Kush that is being hosted by the Alumni Association and Sun Devil Club this fall. Photos entered in the contest will be shown during an Oct. 28 Legends Luncheon event that will feature stories about the coach from those who played for him at ASU as well as Kush-era video highlights from the gridiron.

The photo contest asks fans to email photos of themselves with Kush to the Alumni Association or to post them to the association’s Facebook page. Participants will be entered into a prize drawing that offers the winner two tickets to the Legends Luncheon event and a one-night stay at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown hotel.

To enter the contest, send photos to crystal.gustavson@asu.edu, or post them on the association’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ASUAlumni. The deadline for the photo contest is Sept. 30.