N.C. State offensive coordinator Dana Bible diagnosed with leukemia

Posted by Andy Durham on November 23, 2009 at 6:51 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

from former News and Record writer Tim Peeler at www.gopack.com:

RALEIGH, N.C. – One of the things that NC State’s players know about offensive coordinator Dana Bible is that he always has them prepared for the unexpected.

It was a shock then for the Wolfpack team when it slowly began to hear the news Monday afternoon that Bible, who has worked for head coach Tom O’Brien for the last 11 years at Boston College and NC State, has been diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia and will be undergoing treatment for the next 30 days at UNC Hospitals Cancer Center in Chapel Hill.

“He is always going to have you prepared for whatever is coming,” said senior offensive lineman Julian Williams. “That’s what makes him a great coach.”

But, in a season when the Wolfpack had lost so many players to injuries, no one expected this news about the veteran assistant coach. Bible, like many other members of the team, had been feeling under the weather as the Wolfpack practiced in rainy conditions prior to and after the game against Clemson. He went to see the team doctor on Thursday evening and was told to report to the doctor’s office the next day.

By Friday evening, long after O’Brien and the rest of the football team had arrived at the team hotel in Roanoke, Va., for Saturday’s game at Virginia Tech, Bible was at Raleigh’s Rex Hospital waiting for an ambulance to take him to Chapel Hill for a series of tests.

He offered to drive up for the game Saturday morning, but O’Brien told him to take care of himself. Bible missed the game against the Hokies, the first time in 34 years that he has ever missed a practice or game, according to O’Brien.

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