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Beano Cook passes away at 81

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03:04 PM ET 10.11 | From his hometown paper, a remembrance of longtime college football announcer and historian Beano Cook:

Mr. Cook was best known for his work as a college football analyst and historian with ABC Sports and ESPN. But Mr. Cook also enjoyed a long and successful career as a sports publicist, including his first job as the sports information director at the University of Pittsburgh. He was born in Boston in 1931. Mr. Cook's family moved to Pittsburgh when he was a child. It was in Pittsburgh where his love of sports was nurtured, and it's where he received his nickname. The name "Beano" came from a childhood neighbor in Pittsburgh shortly after Mr. Cook's family had moved from Boston, or Beantown.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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October 11, 2012  03:45 PM ET

Old Beano. If he picked you, it was the kiss of death.

October 11, 2012  04:02 PM ET

Damn.

Notre Dame really is going to win the national championship now.

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October 11, 2012  06:00 PM ET
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Old Beano. If he picked you, it was the kiss of death.

Especially if it was for the Heisman.

October 12, 2012  05:08 AM ET

RIP Beano.

October 12, 2012  07:14 AM ET

RIP

October 12, 2012  08:12 AM ET

He used to crack me up. Every year it was Notre Dame is going to win it all. And when he said Ron Pawlus would win 3 Heismans. Whoooooa Nellly!

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October 12, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Nice guy, more of an entertainer than a sports reporter, and fun to listen to if you were an Irish fan.
Obviously, from the above comments, he drove the Irish Haters nuts! Good for him!

October 12, 2012  09:40 AM ET

Requiescat. (His brother was worse.)

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October 12, 2012  11:13 AM ET
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Beano was like the Pee Wee Herman of college football just there to be laughed at.

Just like you but in his case he got payed for it.

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October 12, 2012  12:51 PM ET
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Just like you but in his case he got payed for it.

That's funny!

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