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Frank Kush, last Baltimore Colts coach, dies at 88, is remembered for his toughness

Frank Kush, last Baltimore Colts coach, dies at 88, is remembered for his toughness

Frank Kush, the tough-minded coach who struggled to lead the last Colts teams in Baltimore to glory after a Hall of Fame career and controversial exit at Arizona State, died Thursday. He was 88.

The cause was complications from dementia, a son, Dan Kush, told the Arizona Republic.

Described in a 1982 Sun Magazine profile before his first season helming the Colts as a “a combination of [actor James] Cagney, Vince Lombardi and Darth Vader,” Kush found reversing the woebegone franchise’s fortunes as difficult as staying out of the headlines. The Colts went 7-17-1 over two years of upheaval in Baltimore, and he resigned near the end of the team’s first season in...

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