College football guru Beano Cook dead at 81

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: October 11, 2012
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Cook was ABC Sports' press director for the NCAA after leaving the SID job at Pitt, and later worked in as a writer or media representative for the St. Petersburg Times, Miami Dolphins, the Mutual Radio Network, and CBS before joining ESPN.

“Beano was a unique human being and he was college football at ESPN. I am indebted to him. Beano was a tremendous help at the start of my television career and I would not be where I am today without him,” ESPN analyst Lee Corso said. “I am forever grateful to Beano and the time we spent behind the GameDay desk.” Cook received his distinctive nickname as a youth, when his family moved from Boston to Pittsburgh. A neighbor of the Cook family said, “Oh, from Boston, like the beans” and tabbed the seven-year-old “Beano.”

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