College football world mourns loss of Beano Cook

"You’ll never have a 16-team playoff in college football. The most that could happen would be four teams in the next century.  But after that, I’m dead, so who cares?"

– Beano Cook, 1992

The college football world lost a true legend when it comes to the history and passion of the game. Few loved the sport of college football as much as Beano Cook, a longtime resident of the Pittsburgh area and contributor to ESPN's college football coverage. Cook passed away in his sleep at the age of 81, it was learned today, putting a calm ending to stretch of declining health.



Many will remember Cook for his wild predictions that rarely panned out, with the most notable coming in 1993 when ESPN's College GameDay program left the friendly confines of the studios in Bristol, Connecticut and took to the road for the first time for No. 2's Notre Dame's huge match-up with No. 1 Florida State. It was on this broadcast Cook went on record suggesting Notre Dame would win at least two national championships and quarterback Ron Powlus would win two Heisman Trophy awards over the next four seasons. Of course, neither happened but Cook was never one to back down from how he saw things. He was also rich on the history of the game, pulling references and anecdotes from the glory days of the game on a whim while breaking down a game taking place today.

Beano influenced the lives of many in the college football media circles of course, and today many took to social media to share their stories of Beano and final thoughts.



If you believe in Heaven, then you can feel comforted in knowing that somewhere in the skies above Beano is sharing stories with guys like Paul "Bear" Bryant and Joe Paterno and predicting multiple Notre Dame Heismans and national titles for years to come for eternity. Without a doubt, the college football world will miss Beano and his passion for the stories behind the game.

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Kevin McGuire is the national college football writer for and host of the No 2-Minute Warning podcast. Follow him on TwitterGoogle+and Facebook.

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