Led 'Cardiac Kids' in 1965

Updated: December 17, 2004, 6:40 PM ET
Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Former Washington State head football coach Robert B. "Bert" Clark Jr., whose 1965 "Cardiac Kids" beat three Big Ten teams on the road, has died. He was 74.

Clark died Monday at Katy, Texas. A graveside service was scheduled Saturday at Wichita Falls, Texas, WSU's sports information department reported Friday.

Clark, who played linebacker at Oklahoma under Bud Wilkinson, coached at Washington State from 1964-1967, compiling a 15-24-1 record.

Born Feb. 12, 1930, in Wichita Falls, Clark was an all-state lineman in high school, then enrolled at Oklahoma, where he was twice named All-Big 8 linebacker and played on the Sooners' 1950 and 1951 Sugar Bowl teams.

After playing a year for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, Clark served as an assistant coach at Arkansas and Washington, joining former Oklahoma teammate Jim Owens.

He replaced Jim Sutherland as head coach at WSU in 1964, compiling a 5-11-1 record in the AAWU Conference. His 1965 team was the most successful at 7-3, with close road wins over Iowa, Minnesota and Indiana to earn the nickname ``Cardiac Kids.''

He later was an assistant at New Mexico and with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL before returning to Texas and entering private business. Clark was a stock broker in Dallas and Galveston.

Clark, who was divorced from his wife, Jo, is survived by a son and a daughter.


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