Longtime ESPN Football Commentator Beano Cook Dies At Age 81
Tributes continue to longtime ESPN college football commentator Beano Cook, who died in his sleep last night at the age of 81. Cook had appeared on ESPN as a studio analyst since '85 after four years at ABC Sports. Prior to that, he worked in PR for CBS Sports from '77-82 and was a sportswriter for the St. Petersburg Times from '74-77. ESPN Exec Chair George Bodenheimer in a statement said, "There never was and never will be another Beano. His combination of humor, passion, love of college football and his engaging personality left an indelible mark on the sport" (ESPN).
On Twitter, many took time to offer their memories of Cook. FoxSportsOhio.com’s Pat McManamon wrote, “Beano Cook never forgot a name or person. Could call him once a year and he'd remember your college, your family, and he'd always ask. RIP.” ESPN VP/Communications Mike Soltys: "A great one has passed. In the 80s, Beano Cook took this kid publicist under his wing and taught me much about life." SB Nation’s Dan Rubenstein wrote, “I'm convinced nobody loved CFB more than Beano. Memory like a steel trap, he's always going to be college football's awesome grandfather.” SiriusXM’s Paul Finebaum: "One of Beano's best after Bowie Kuhn offered the freed Iranian hostages lifetime pass for baseball. 'Haven't they suffered enough?'"