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Chuck Fairbanks, former coach of Patriots and Oklahoma, dies at 79

Oklahoma said in a news release that Fairbanks died Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Fairbanks was 52-15-1 in six years with the Sooners, including an Orange Bowl victory his first season and consecutive Sugar Bowls wins in 1971-72 before taking over the Patriots. He won 46 games for New England, a franchise record at the time.

Former Big Eight rival Colorado hired Fairbanks after a legal battle with the Patriots. He also was coach and general manager of the New Jersey Generals in the USFL.

Owens says Fairbanks “was a special coach, he was a special friend.”

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