RIP Coach!:sad1: From BDC... EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Former Colorado football coach Everett "Sonny" Grandelius, who led the Buffs to the 1961 Big Eight championship and the Orange Bowl, died Friday. He was 79. Grandelius, who was also Michigan State's first 1,000-yard rusher and an All-American fullback in 1950, died in Beverly Hills, Mich. The school didn't provide details on the cause of death. After his college career, Grandelius played one season in the NFL. He then spent five years as an assistant coach at Michigan State before taking the head coaching job at CU. He led CU to a 20-11 record in his three seasons in Boulder, culminating with a 9-2 record (7-0 in the Big Eight) in 1961. Grandelius, however, he was forced out after the 1961 in the wake of a recruiting scandal. He later served as a coach with the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions and was the general manager of the Detroit Wheels of the World Football League. Grandelius, a Muskegon Heights native, was inducted into Michigan State's Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.