ESPN's Beano Cook Is Dead At 81Jack Dickey10/11/12 12:35pmFiled to: ripBeano CookCollege Football16EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink Beano Cook, an eminence grise of college football—the closest thing ESPN had to Andy Rooney—died in his sleep last night at 81. Cook went to Pitt and worked there for a decade in sports publicity. While he was at CBS in 1981, he uttered his most celebrated bit of wisdom. Bowie Kuhn had just given the Iranian hostages lifetime passes to MLB games. Cook: "Haven't they suffered enough?"