October 11, 2012 |
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.