Sun Devil Coaching Legend Frank Kush To Speak At ASU's West Campus
Jan. 22, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. - Legendary Arizona State University football coach Frank Kush will participate in a lively discussion focusing on 'Sports Reporting: Then and Now' from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8 at ASU's West campus, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix. The event is presented by ASU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute as part of its Spring 2010 schedule of courses and learning opportunities. To register, call (602) 543-6440.
Kush will be joined by veteran Valley sportswriter Bob Crawford and media relations pro Steve Des Georges for an inside look at how coverage of sports has changed over the years, from dictating a story over a land line to today's instantaneous news dissemination.
Kush's reputation for toughness began to develop during his college career at Michigan State, where he earned All-American honors as a 5-foot-7-inch, 150-pound defensive lineman and helped the Spartans win a national championship in his senior year. In 1958 he succeeded Dan Devine as ASU's head coach, a position he held for 22 years.
During his tenure at ASU, Kush was known as one of the most physically demanding coaches in the game. He compiled a 176-54-1 record with the Sun Devils, including a 6-1 record in bowl games. Kush then coached pro teams including the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, the NFL's Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, and the Arizona Outlaws of the United States Football League. Today Kush serves ASU as director of Sun Devil football development for the Sun Devil Club.
Crawford covered ASU sports, including Kush's football teams, while serving as sports desk chief for the Phoenix Gazette. A three-time winner of the Arizona Press Club Sports Story of the Year, Crawford also served two stints as president of the Phoenix Press Box Association.
In 1996 Crawford became the Arizona Diamondbacks' first media relations manager, a position he held for five years. More recently he returned to the newspaper business, working part-time as an editor for the community sections of the Arizona Republic. 'One of my great joys is working with young reporters and trying to pass along some of the lessons I learned at their age,' Crawford says.
Des Georges first crossed paths with Kush in the early 1980s when he worked as communications director for the USFL's Outlaws. Des Georges came to the Valley in 1982 after seven years with the San Jose Earthquakes of the North American Soccer League. He joined the executive staff at Phoenix International Raceway in 1985. During his tenure at the racetrack, Des Georges was a member of a management team that spurred growth from less than 11,000 reserved seats in 1982 to more than 70,000 in 1998.
During a six-year stint as vice president of marketing and sales at the Maricopa County Sports Commission, Des Georges was responsible for building the non-profit organization's partnership base and also introduced a number of fund-raising projects and programs that allowed the organization a greater ability to compete for sporting events. Today Des Georges serves as director of public relations and marketing at ASU's West campus.
'The Feb. 8 session is a great opportunity to hear some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories from Frank Kush, with Bob Crawford and myself chiming in for good measure,' Des Georges says. 'If you're a serious sports fan, this is an event you won't soon forget.'
'Sports Reporting: Then and Now' is one of dozens of Spring 2010 offerings from the ASU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Courses that explore topics including golf, music, genealogy, digital photography, negotiation techniques and more are available at locations across the Valley. With funding support from the Bernard Osher Foundation, the Osher Institute provides university-quality educational opportunities for adults age 50 and above. (Those under age 50 are welcome to participate in 'Sports Reporting: Then and Now.' Advance registration is required.)