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
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.