Former Oklahoma head coach Chuck Fairbanks (on the right in the image) passed away today after year long battle with brain cancer at age 79, in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Coach Fairbanks coached Oklahoma from 1967 through 1972. He had a record of 52-15-1 at OU, before then OU offensive coordinator Barry Switzer replaced him after Fairbanks opted to become head coach of the New England Patriots in the NFL.
While Coach Fairbanks is rarely ever considered as great of a Sooner coach as Bud Wilkinson, Barry Switzer or Bob Stoops, he was still a good coach who helped move the Sooners from the wishbone offense from the veer offensive schemme that lead to the Sooners largely dominating college football during the 70 and 80s.
Coach Fairbanks will be missed by the entire Sooner Nation.
Photo: Taken at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, in Norman, Okla. BY Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman