Lengyel was the inspiration for the film, "We Are Marshall", in which he is portrayed by actor Matthew McConaughy.
Kush was also a longtime coach at Arizona State, compiling a 176-54-1 record while coaching the Sun Devils from 1958 to 1979.
Photo Kush in April 2015 at the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Kush played on the defensive line in 1950 and 1951.
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He went on to make stops with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL, Baltimore Colts of the National Football League and Arizona Outlaws of the USFL, but Kush never matched the consistent success he found with the Sun Devils. He guided the Sun Devils to seven Western Athletic Conference Championships, part of posting a winning season in 19 of his 22 seasons as head coach.
With Kush's 1975 team finishing second in the national rankings, he was named the National Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association and the Walter Camp Foundation.
In 1975, Mr. Kush was named coach the year after his team beat undefeated Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl, 17-14.
Before his coaching career began, Kush served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and coached the Fort Benning football team. The cause was complications from dementia, a son, Dan Kush, told the newspaper. Coach, you will be missed. 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.
After Kush was sacked from the program in 1979, he went on to coach in professional football coaching a season in the Canadian Football League with Hamilton in 1981 before returning to the United States to spend three seasons as the coach with the Indianapolis Colts from 1982-84 before ending his coaching career with the USFL's Arizona Outlaws in 1985.