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Beano was old-school

Beano Cook made us all laugh. He knew football, but he knew people better.

Updated: October 12, 2012, 3:55 PM ET
By Howie Schwab | ESPN.com

It was 25 years ago when I first met Carroll Hoff "Beano" Cook. I was a freelance researcher for "College GameDay," which was an in-studio show in Bristol, Conn., back then. Times have changed.

Part of my job was picking up a 12-pack of diet Dr Pepper and Mr. Cook, delivering both to the ESPN studio.

Over the years, I was fortunate enough to work on several assignments with Beano. My favorite role was typing his dictated chats for ESPN.com. Each of those chats had a spontaneously ...

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