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Sooner football coaching legend dies at 79

Sooner Coach Chuck Fairbanks

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A Sooner coaching legend has died.

Chuck Fairbanks passed away Tuesday in Scottsdale, Arizona, from complications due to brain cancer.

He was 79.

Fairbanks coached the Sooners from 1967 to 1972, before the Barry Switzer era.

Many consider his coaching period as a time of huge growth and excitement for Sooner football.

When he left OU, he went on to become the head coach of the New England Patriots.

Fairbanks also played football as a college athlete for the University of Michigan.

Former Sooner quarterback Steve Owens said Fairbanks was a great friend and the toughest coach he ever had.