Skip to comments.Beano Cook passes at 81
Posted on 10/11/2012 9:38:48 AM PDT by Doogle
Beano Cook, a longtime staple of the Pittsburgh sports scene and an ESPN college football studio commentator since 1986, died Wednesday night. He was 81.
Cook, a 1954 University of Pittsburgh grad, began his career as a sports publicist for the school from 1956-66. He later worked with a number of organizations, including the Pittsburgh Civic Arena.
Cook Beano Cook's breadth of knowledge of the history of the college game earned him the moniker as the "Cardinal of College Football."
Cook was a studio commentator for ABC from 1982-85 before joining ESPN. He also worked as ABC's press director from 1966-74, and for the St. Petersburg Times newspaper, as well as the Miami Dolphins.
His breadth of knowledge of the history of the college game earned him the moniker as the "Cardinal of College Football." Most recently, Cook and ESPN.com senior college football writer Ivan Maisel shared the microphone on a weekly podcast. Cook also chatted regularly with ESPN.com users.
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RIP Beano, I always enjoy your perspective.
Didn’t realize he was that old. Seems everyone today is older than I thought.
wait, as you get older you get to know more....*smiles*
I always enjoyed Beano. I had not heard of him for some time.
Also wonder if Keith Jackson is still active. I guess he is retired but I always thought he was the best college announcer there was.
Beano was fun to listen to.
Even when I “hated” him, I loved the guy. RIP my friend.
You only had to hear him once for him to make an impression. He’ll be missed.
RIP Beano... You had a hypnotizing neck when you talked.
He’s suffered enough...
Probably could have avoided some suffering if he hadn’t made the following statement:
“Lets give Ron Pauless (freshman QB, Notre Dame) the first of 4 heisman trophies right now! he’s that good!”
BTW the kid never won a Heisman.
That being said he was always pleasant to listen too even if he wasn’t right on some things.
Mongo and Beano in the same week. Hope John Havlicek lives for many more years.
Joe Girardi’s dad passed today, too; also at age 81.