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ESPN college football guru Beano Cook dead at 81

Updated: October 11, 2012, 6:57 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Beano Cook, the college football commentator with an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport he dearly loved, has died.

The 81-year-old Boston native had worked for ESPN since 1986 and was the sports information director at his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, from 1956 to 1966. The school announced Thursday that Cook had died in his sleep.

Cook was a diabetic and his health had been failing recently, as he made mention in his most recent blog post at www.bean-cook.com.

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