Chuck Fairbanks, right, in 1979
Chuck Fairbanks, right, in 1979 (Denver Post file)

Chuck Fairbanks, the football coach at the University of Colorado from 1979-81, died Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz., according to The Daily Oklahoman.

Fairbanks, 79, had been battling brain cancer.

Fairbanks was 7-26 in his three seasons leading the Buffs. He resigned June 1, 1982 to take the head coaching position with the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League. Bill McCartney was hired to replace him.

Fairbanks was the coach at Oklahoma from 1967-72, where he went 52-15-1. He installed the wishbone offense in 1970, which helped OU become a dominant program that decade.

Fairbanks left OU to become the head coach of the New England Patriots in 1973.