It's safe to say college football will never again know a character like Beano Cook, who died in his sleep Wednesday at age 81.
Cook was a legendary sports information director at Pittsburgh who became a television public relations man and then a longtime ESPN commentator and contributor.
"Unique, extraordinary, humorous and loved the game like few others," ESPN broadcaster Mike Tirico tweeted Thursday.
Cook had an encyclopedic memory about college football and an acerbic wit. No one was more passionate about the sport.
Unfortunately, he was not granted his last wish.
"I don't want to die in the middle of the football season," Cook said in 1988. "I have to know who's No. 1 in the latest polls."
Cook once infamously predicted quarterback Ron Powlus would win two Heisman Trophies before he was done at Notre Dame.
Powlus, of course, did not even win one.
When Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn offered free lifetime passes to hostages returning from Iran, it was Cook who quipped, "Haven't they suffered enough?"