Sunday, November 29, 2015

NC State's Bible diagnosed with leukemia; once ran Birds' offense

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina State offensive coordinator Dana Bible has been diagnosed with leukemia and won't coach the Wolfpack's season finale against No. 23 North Carolina.

Bible was the Eagles' offensive coordinator in 1998, the last year of the Ray Rhodes era.

NC State coach Tom O'Brien said Bible will remain in a Chapel Hill cancer center for 30 days of treatment. The school said Bible has been diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia.

"It's shocking to everybody," O'Brien said yesterday. "They're still doing tests."

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Bible, 56, didn't travel with the Wolfpack in last weekend's loss at Virginia Tech. O'Brien said Bible became ill last week and sought medical attention Thursday, then learned Friday he would have to skip the trip and was hospitalized that night.

"He's a tough old guy and he'll fight," O'Brien said. "Prayers would be welcome, and they're definitely needed."

Bible also serves as NC State's quarterbacks and receivers coach. He has coached under O'Brien since 1999 when they were at Boston College.

Bible handled playcalling duties for the Wolfpack, so O'Brien said that the team will handle that "by committee" against the Tar Heels. Last week, running backs coach Jason Swepson filled in during the 38-10 loss to the Hokies.

The Wolfpack will bring back Jay Civetti to help against the Tar Heels. Civetti was a graduate assistant on offense at NC State in 2007 and has spent the past two years as offensive coordinator at Division III Tufts, which has concluded its season.

NC State is 4-7, 1-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Associated Press
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