Fairbanks had a 52-15-1 record in six years with the Sooners, including an Orange Bowl victory his first season and consecutive Sugar Bowls wins in 1971 and '72. With assistant coach Barry Switzer, Fairbanks instituted the wishbone offense at Oklahoma.
He took over as coach of the Patriots in 1973 and won 46 games for New England, a franchise record at the time.
After a legal battle with the Patriots, Fairbanks became coach at the University of Colorado from 1979-81. He also was coach and general manager of the New Jersey Generals in the USFL.
Charles Leo Fairbanks was born June 10, 1933, in Detroit and was an end on Michigan State University's football team.
After he left coaching, he became involved in real estate and golf course development in the Coachella Valley and in Arizona.
-- Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports