Beano Cook, staple of the game, dies

Updated: October 12, 2012, 10:25 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Beano Cook, a longtime staple of the Pittsburgh sports scene and an ESPN college football studio commentator since 1986, has died. He was 81.

The University of Pittsburgh, from which Cook graduated in 1954, announced Thursday that he had died in his sleep.

Cook began his career as a sports publicist at the school from 1956 to 1966. He later worked with a number of organizations, including the Pittsburgh Civic Arena.

Cook was a studio commentator for ABC from 1982 ...

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