VIDEO: Oklahoma Sports, Entertainment Suffered Losses In 2013

Dec 31, 2013

Oklahoma A&M basketball center Bob Kurland
Credit National Collegiate Athletic Association

The football coach who installed the wishbone at the University of Oklahoma, a former OU quarterback, an Oklahoma State basketball legend and one of America's first great ballerinas were among those with ties to Oklahoma who died during 2013.

Chuck Fairbanks installed the wishbone in 1970 and the offense helped OU to national titles in 1974 and 1975 after Fairbanks left for the NFL. Fairbanks died in April at age 79.

Steve Davis quarterbacked those championship teams. He was killed in a plane crash in March in Indiana.

7-foot basketball center Bob Kurland died in September at age 88. He led Oklahoma A&M — which is now Oklahoma State — to national basketball titles in 1945 and 1946.

Ballerina Maria Tallchief died in Chicago in April at age 88.