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Bible nervous, excited for one shot with Pack

Posted December 29, 2012
Updated December 30, 2012

— North Carolina State University interim head coach Dana Bible entered the press room at LP Field in Nashville Saturday with a nervous smile, a wave and a greeting: “Hello, thanks for coming.”

He was casual in his gait and he was comfortable in his appearance, donning a long-sleeved red button-down with an NC State logo on the chest and the collar undone. He bounced a few jokes around, kidding that he would follow the lead of what the seasoned Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin did in front of the media.

“It shows huh?” Bible joked when asked about being nervous for the press conference. He then added, “It’s my first time as a head coach, and it will probably be the last time. That has its own story, and it’s not about me, but it has been challenging, interesting and, at times, fun.”

Bible often deflects attention away from himself, insisting that it’s not about him. Franklin said that Bible “is truly one of the great guys in the profession.”

In fact, Bible, a cancer survivor, will not address questions surrounding the simplest of deeds done just this year that meant so much to one in the Wolfpack family. When a stat keeper for the program for 25 years was diagnosed with leukemia this past summer, Bible called her every week until she passed away from the disease.

This weekend, however, Bible cannot duck the attention. The 59-year-old, who has been in the collegiate coaching ranks in some capacity since 1976, is now the man in charge, even if it is for only the one game.

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Left to fill in for fired friend Tom O’Brien and certain not to keep the role after the hiring of Dave Doeren, Bible has just this one shot.

“When we started this, we made a promise as a staff that we were going to work our tails off and give them the very best chance to succeed in this game,” Bible said of his interim tag.

“In return, what we wanted from them is the same commitment that they would give us their very best right back to us. That’s about as far as it’s gone. It isn’t about ‘let’s when the game for whoever,’ it hasn’t been that way. There are those story lines, I’m sure, and I’m sure there are certain motivations that different players have, but by and large it has been, ‘we’ve worked hard together, we’ve stayed together and had our successes and we want that one more time to play together.' We’re in this for each other.” N.C. State Logo More NCSU Stories

Quarterback Mike Glennon echoed the struggles of a single motivating factor for the players in times of transition.

“I think it’s a little weird. (O’Brien) is the one that recruited us, and we will definitely be thinking of him,” Glennon said. “It would be nice if we could win the game for many reasons, but that’s definitely one of them.”

Battling freezing rain and snow flurries during their final practice and walk-through Saturday, Bible showed that he is capable of leading a team as he coasted through the groups – offense, defense and special teams.

“I have more of an appreciation for the position of a head coach and the responsibility that goes with it,” Bible said. “I have also found that it’s interesting, impactful and fun to be part of a whole team. When you are an offensive coordinator, the truth of the matter is that you only know half the team. To be part of the whole group, the dynamics of that is exciting, and I really enjoy it.”

Transitions, motivations, compliments and jokes aside, the nerves for Bible must stay in the media room because, as he says, football is what he knows.

“I’ll be honest, I’m not that nervous,” Bible said. “I just tell myself it's football. When I do that, I’m in my comfort zone. I’m at home.”

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  • kornfan2448 Dec 30, 2012

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    Yeah, I understand the reasoning and it makes sense. The way I see it, they have rules about when athletes can be recruited, so why not make a similar rule as to when a coach can be sought for a vacant position? That way it's fair to all teams that are looking for a coach, yet allows that coach to stay with his team that the players have committed to as well as the assistants. Just seems there could be a better way to go about it.

    As for the NFL, I would HATE to be a coach. Seems you have about a 2 year window to turn around a team and that is crazy, especially considering the reason you were hired in the first place is because the team was struggling to begin with.

  • StunGunn Dec 30, 2012

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    I couldn't have said it better, korn. Athletics, especially football and basketball (both pro and collegiate) have become a "What have you done for me lately" deal. Yow explained her timing in TOB's firing, and it makes sense that she had to strike while the iron was hot and beat out other AD's looking for coaches. But it stinks all around.

    Tomorrow looks to be an active day in the NFL with so many coaches on the hot seat.

  • StunGunn Dec 30, 2012

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    You're right, Smitty. After I wrote, I remembered the whole "Flagship" thing Withers started, which was a huge mistake. He seemed like a good guy who got thrown into the fire, but you know a lot more behind the scenes stuff than I do. That bowl last year was a total disaster. I guess when Withers checked out the players did as well. Withers sure landed on his feet, though, getting that coaching job at OSU. I hope Bible fares as well.

  • cjw6105 Dec 30, 2012

    The big problem is that college administrators are hiring the wrong people to coach in the first place. That's why we've seen so many firings in recent years.

  • Rameses Unchained Dec 30, 2012

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    Yeah Gunny, but I had the chance to find out about some goings on behind the scenes...as soon as Withers found he was not getting the coaching gig he checked out, thus I blame part of the bowl performance squarely on him. People had seen some signs of this and it was one of the reasons he was not offered the permanent job. IMHTHO, he did not go out ACTING like a winner.

  • VT1994Hokie Dec 30, 2012

    Wishing Bible the best.

  • TsKaMF Dec 30, 2012

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    Wether .

  • kornfan2448 Dec 30, 2012

    I hope for the sake of the coaching staff that is preparing the team and for the players, that State wins. I detest this new trend of coaches leaving, being by choice or being fired, after the regular season and before the bowl game, should the team make one. It just puts a cloud over the whole thing. Coaches and players do their best to go on as normal, but it clearly leaves a mark. I always hope that in these situations, the coaches and players and make the most of it and improve their chances to further their careers.

  • kkevin7048 Dec 30, 2012

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    Must sux to be you and a tar hole fan.

  • Unc r Hypocrits Dec 30, 2012

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    +1

    I'm hoping for the best. Our D will be the ? mark, IMHWPO.

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