Cardiac Kids' Clark Passes Away At 74

Dec. 17, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. --- Former Washington State football coach Bert Clark passed away at the age of 74 Monday in Katy, Texas.

Clark served as the Cougars' head coach from 1964-67 and was best known as the leader of the 'Cardiac Kids,' WSU's 1965 team that defeated three Big Ten teams on the road en route to a 7-3 record.

As a player at the University of Oklahoma, Clark was twice an All-Big 8 linebacker under Bud Wilkinson from 1948-52, and helped the Sooners capture the 1950 national title. His teammates in Norman included former Washington head coach Jim Owens and former Idaho and Oregon State head coach Dee Andros.

The Wichita Falls, Texas, native played one season with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League before beginning his coaching career as an assistant at the University of Arkansas in 1956. The following season, he reunited with Owens as an assistant at Washington.

Clark's final victory as Cougar head coach came against Owens' Huskies in 1967. After leaving the Palouse, he spent time as an assistant at New Mexico and with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.

Clark's death marks the second former Washington State head football coach to pass away in the last two months. Al Kircher, Cougar head coach from 1952-55, died Nov. 1 in Salem, Ore.

Clark will be laid to rest Saturday in a graveside service at Wichita Falls, Texas. He is survived by children Robert III and Kelly.

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