Bible tackling another challenge on State sidelines
Posted December 21, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — Following the dismissal of Tom O’Brien, offensive coordinator Dana Bible was tabbed to lead the North Carolina State Wolfpack onto the field for their New Year’s Eve bowl game against Vanderbilt.
While it is a well-deserved honor for the 59-year-old long-time assistant, Bible said the interim head coach tag also comes with a lot of work.
“A lot of responsibility, a lot of work, but I’m excited about the opportunity,” Bible said.
Bible and O’Brien are good friens, having worked together for nearly 15 years dating back to their time together at Boston College. Still, Bible didn’t have to do much thinking when it came to accepting the challenge of coaching the Wolfpack in the Music City Bowl in Nashville.
“The hand that’s been dealt is the hand that’s been dealt,” Bible said. “I’ve approached it with not trying to re-invent anything. There is a plan that has been in place here for six years that has been very successful.”
Bible, however, isn’t the only coach on the NC State staff pressing on with the Wolfpack while simultaneously trying to figure out their own future. While new lead-man Dave Doeren continues to fill his staff, only running backs coach Desmond Kitchings has been retained to this point.
“It’s a challenge for the coaches and the coaches’ families,” Bible said. “Most of the guys on the staff have been through this before. That doesn’t mean that it’s good or easy, it’s part of the profession.”
The remaining Wolfpack staff has already met with or communicated with Doeren and some of his new assistants who are settling into the football offices for next season while the current team prepares to finish out this one.
“It’s positive, it’s professional,” Bible said. “They are working hard and we are working hard. Let’s put it this way, on the fourth floor, there are a lot of coaches.”
Tackling a difficult situation with laugher and with a stern purpose is something that Bible has done before. Bible is now two and a half years in remission after a battle with cancer.
“Everyday I know how fortunate I am,” Bible said. “I try and make the most of each day and don’t over think it.”
Bible said when the doctors told him he had blood cancer, he didn't know a thing about leukemia or chemotherapy. Now the disease is a part of his daily life. Bible wants to coach again but he says what he wants to do and what he can do are two different things.