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