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Mandy Mitchell

Bible brings human element to bowl game

Posted December 30, 2012

— Dana Bible could not have looked more out of his element as he entered the Music City Bowl press conference on Saturday afternoon. The bowl-game charade is a series of new experiences for a guy who has never been a head coach.

Sitting next to the polished and practiced Vanderbilt head  coach James Franklin, Bible looked more like a giddy kid getting ready for something really exciting. He greeted the room with a shy, almost half-wave and said, "Hello everyone".

I asked him if he was nervous and he said, "It shows, huh?"

NC State bringing different motivations into bowl game Mitchell: NC State bringing different motivations into bowl game

Even with the obvious inexperience in this setting, Bible didn't come off as unprepared. He answered all of the questions with the authority and personality you would expect from a veteran.

His lack of polish was almost endearing.

Bible was put in a tough spot when North Carolina State Athletics Director Debbie Yow asked him to coach this bowl game. His longtime boss and friend Tom O'Brien had just been fired. He knew he was also out of a job and yet had to come up with a way to put that aside and create a plan for the guys on the field.

He will tell you that's a part of coaching. All good coaches will tell you being fired is a part of the game, but to watch a guy do it, and do it with such class, is quite another thing.

Yow was in the press conference room on Saturday. He knew he had to choose his words carefully when the question of motivation for this game was asked.

He adjusted himself in his chair.

Sighed.

Started his thought and restarted again.

Eventually, Bible came up with an eloquent description of what he, his staff and his players feel heading into Monday's game.

"I think there are different motivations," he said. "It isn't win one for the whoever. It hasn't been that way. There are those story lines, I am sure. But it's been, 'we've worked hard together. We've stayed together through this season. We've had our share of successes and we want that one more time to play together.'"

It is very easy to lose site of the human side of a coaching change. Bible made it real for everyone in the room. He could not have been more human, and in a sport of millionaire coaches with tired rehearsed rhetoric, it was refreshing to see a guy who is excited about just having a chance to coach a game.

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  • rushbot Jan 1, 1:27 p.m.

    Bath has his opinion, and its valid. My opinion is it is low class to fire the head coach who... View More

    — Posted by Raleigh Rocks 1

    So, you jumped on the Pack bandwagon when they were winning big, and now you want to hop off. ... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    her timing was good..she almost totally blew the B-ball coach hire and is fortunate that her hire worked out..there was not much left out there when he was finally hired after her earlier failures>

  • Ken D. Dec 31, 10:16 a.m.

    Bath has his opinion, and its valid. My opinion is it is low class to fire the head coach who... View More

    — Posted by Raleigh Rocks 1

    So, you jumped on the Pack bandwagon when they were winning big, and now you want to hop off. Fair enough. At least we know what kind of fan you are.

    Do you think that Yow should have waited until after the bowl game to fire Coach O'Brien? She had to realize that doing so would severely hurt State's chances of finding a good replacement. Or do you think she should not have fired him at all, even if she felt that would be detrimental to State's long term success?

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Dec 31, 10:01 a.m.

    Bath has his opinion, and its valid. My opinion is it is low class to fire the head coach who got them to the bowl in the first place. I became a pack fan in the Holt and Rivers tenure, now I hope they go down big time so Yow will be put on the chopping block.

    LOWWW class to fire coach before HIS bowl game.

  • swray001 Dec 31, 8:34 a.m.

    bathlately you need to take one. you should be ashamed to post a statement like that.

  • 78FJ40 Dec 30, 11:17 p.m.

    he will just be another scape goat for why the wuffies lose yet another game...hell they dont... View More

    — Posted by takeabathgreg

    Pure class. How does a 7 win team not deserve to be in a bowl game? Anyhoooo....

    Go get 'em Coach Bible!

  • takeabathgreg Dec 30, 11:13 p.m.

    he will just be another scape goat for why the wuffies lose yet another game...hell they dont even deserve to be in a bowl game and will get their rear ends handed to them by yet another SEC school...he would have ben better served by turning this down then walking up to the executioner block and just getting waxed!!!

  • still heelman1973 Dec 30, 11:05 p.m.

    Bible has already won his biggest battle, and, in the long run, the only one that really matters.

  • redwolfone Dec 30, 9:11 p.m.

    Bible,

    Win one for the Pack. We love you and hope all the best for you.

    Team! Win this one for "The Bible". A man that never gave up, a man who always believed in you!

    Redwolf one

  • redwolfone Dec 30, 5:27 p.m.

    Bible will make some school out there a very fine head coach. He has integrity and expects integrity from his students of the game. He also has skill as a coach that is not subverted by the absolute need to win. Integrity, I can not say that enough. I am sorry to see him go. I wish he could stay, but that would be a bad move for him, not NCSU. He deserves better.

    Coach Bible, we will miss you and good luck. I know we will be hearing of you in the future. There is no substitute for the integrity, hard work and the honest guidance of your team that YOU provided. We need more like you in the NCAA.

    Good luck!

  • computer trainer Dec 30, 4:52 p.m.

    Why can't Dana Bible stay at State? He has done a good job and been an inspiration to the students. I think the new coach needs to give him a chance.

    Mr Bible, and the Wolfpack, we will be puling for all of you tomorrow.

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