Big Names: ESPN’s Beano Cook Dies At 81 (Also: Frank Caliendo, Andrea Kremer)


ESPN college football analyst Beano Cook has died at 81. In other news, ESPN has added comedian Frank Caliendo for NFL studio coverage, and Andrea Kremer has joined NFL Network to report on player safety issues.

  • Beano Cook Passes Away at 81: ESPN college football analyst Beano Cook died in his sleep early Thursday morning, ESPN announced. Cook, 81, first began his affiliation with ESPN/ABC in 1982 and worked in PR for CBS Sports the previous five years. (ESPN Media Zone)
  • Caliendo Joins ESPN NFL Studio Show: “MadTV” alum Frank Caliendo has joined the cast of ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” as a contributor, ESPN announced Thursday. Caliendo, who spent nearly a decade doing a weekly comedic segment on Fox Sports’ “Fox NFL Sunday,” will make his debut on Sunday and follow that up with sporadic appearances during the remainder of the season. (ESPN Media Zone)
  • Kremer Joins NFL Network: Former NBC NFL sideline reporter Andrea Kremer has joined NFL Network as a correspondent focusing player health and safety issues. Kremer, who spent years reporting for ESPN before joining NBC in 2006, will continue working as a correspondent for “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” on HBO. (NFL Communications)