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NCAAF – 1987 – Special Feature – The Beano Cook Clipboard – Heisman Trophy Hype Before The 1987 Season


Carroll Hoff “Beano” Cook (September 1, 1931 – October 11, 2012) was an American television personality who worked for ESPN…who was well known as a college football historian and commentator.  Cook joined ESPN in 1986 as a studio commentator….where he also did freelance radio and television work in the Pittsburgh area.  He was most recently seen on ESPNEWS every Thursday on The Hot List debating with Brian Kenny. Beano could be heard weekly on ESPN Radio during The Herd with Colin Cowherd….and on Wednesdays he was a special guest on ESPN Radio’s I-Formation hosted by Ivan Maisel.  He also appeared weekly on Pittsburgh’s Fox Sports Radio 970 AM, WBGG-AM weekly during football season at 8 a.m. PT on the Mitch in The Morning Show on Sports Radio 950 KJR AM in Seattle. He co-hosted the ESPNU College Football Podcast on ESPN.com and iTunes with Maisel. He was an occasional guest of Mark Madden on ESPN 1250 in Pittsburgh as well as ESPN Radio’s All Night with Jason Smith show.  

Known for his frequent historical references and his affinity for college football played in the Upper Midwest and Rust Belt states….he possessed a quick wit and a penchant for telling humorous stories. After the Commissioner of Baseball Bowie Kuhn offered the returning hostages from the Iran hostage crisis lifetime passes to Major League Baseball games, Cook quipped, “Haven’t they suffered enough?”  Cook was also often referred to as the “Pope of College Football” due to his knowledge and tenure with the game….as he was truly a college football and media legend.

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