Wolfpack Offensive Coordinator Bible Has Leukemia (Updated 6:45 am)

Some things are bigger than any sport, and this is one of them: Tom O’Brien has announced that Wolfpack Offensive Coordinator Dana Bible has been diagnosed with leukemia. We here at Statefans Nation wish Coach Bible and his family the very best, with our hopes for his speedy recovery.

N.C. State offensive coordinator Dana Bible has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia, Wolfpack coach Tom O’Brien said this afternoon.

Bible, who did not travel with the team for Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech, will remain hospitalized for 30 days, according to O’Brien.

“He’ll fight it. If he has a chance to beat it, he’ll beat it,” O’Brien said.

Last Friday, Bible informed O’Brien that his doctor had advised him against traveling to Virginia Tech. It was the first time Bible missed a game or a practice in 34 years of coaching.

Fellow SFN Writer WV Wolf pointed out Heather Dinich’s in-depth article on the game at ESPN.com

“[Current Boston College head coach] Frank [Spaziani] used to say sometimes your strengths are your weaknesses,” said O’Brien, who went to the same high school as Bible. “Part of his strength is he never missed a practice or a game for 34 years. He said to me, ‘I’ll be out Saturday morning, I’ll drive up.’ I said, ‘No, you just do what you have to do.’ He’s a tough old guy and he’ll fight it. If he has a chance to beat it, he’ll beat it.”

O’Brien told quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Mike Glennon on Monday morning, and said he’d inform the rest of the team this afternoon. Bible calls all of the plays for NC State.

“They were both shocked,” O’Brien said. “Certainly you would think that they would be. But I think they understand what I said before about Dana, how tough a guy he is. You ought to respect the family’s privacy in this matter. Certainly prayers would be welcome and they’re definitely needed. That’s the best thing we can do right now.


Offensive lineman Julian Williams, who found out just minutes before he faced reporters at Monday’s press conference, said the rivalry with North Carolina just took on “10 times” more meaning.

“He’s such a good guy as far as character, and when it comes to play calling he’s the best,” Williams said. “It’s a big blow to us but he has other things he needs to take care of right now and we’ll take care of football. He’s like family. I see him more than I see my own family. It hurts a lot. It’s a big blow to us.”

BJD95 Update (11/24): As we enter “rivalry week,” I feel that it’s important to note how deeply this NC State alumnus appreciates having UNC’s first-class medical center available to treat Coach Bible. My father consulted with the oncology department at UNC Hospitals during his battle with pancreatic cancer, and the doctors, nurses, and staff couldn’t have been more kind, compassionate, honest, and helpful. Despite the shots we take as rivals (mostly in good humor), in all seriousness we recognize and appreciate the many benefits that UNC provides our state and its citizens. My heartfelt thanks to all the hardworking men and women at UNC Hospitals, and my most fervent prayers for Coach Bible and his family.

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27 Responses to Wolfpack Offensive Coordinator Bible Has Leukemia (Updated 6:45 am)

  1. Daily Update 11/23/2009 at 3:34 PM #

    Wow…I really hoped it wasn’t going to be serious when I first heard of the news he wasn’t in Blacksburg this weekend. I guess it was the NC State fan in me that for some reason feared the worst.

    Thoughts and prayers to Coach Bible and his family.

  2. TOB4PREZ 11/23/2009 at 3:36 PM #

    That’s terrible news…. prayers go out to the Bible family. Godspeed Dana.

  3. WV Wolf 11/23/2009 at 3:46 PM #

    Heather Dinich’s blog on ESPN has several quotes from players and TOB

    I really, really hate to hear this. And coming right after Gary Hahn missing the VT game recovering from prostate cancer surgery. Prayers for both Dana and Gary.

  4. VaWolf82 11/23/2009 at 4:05 PM #

    A good friend of my parent’s has been battling leukemia for the last year or so. It is a physically demanding battle, but there are great medical facilities in the Triangle. Thoughts and prayers for the whole Bible family.

  5. Class of 2009 11/23/2009 at 4:22 PM #

    If he can keep fighting for the Pack, he can fight anything. Prayers and best wishes go out to you, Bible!

  6. GAWolf 11/23/2009 at 4:26 PM #

    God bless Coach Bible and his family. Never give up!

  7. aPACKadeez 11/23/2009 at 4:28 PM #

    Goodluck Coach Bible! The Wolfpack nation is behind you all the way!

  8. T-FIC 11/23/2009 at 4:34 PM #

    You’re in our prayers Coach Bible. At least there is one good thing about UNC – some of the best doctors in the nation.

  9. GAWolf 11/23/2009 at 4:37 PM #

    Acute myeloid leukemia is a curable disease; the chance of cure for a specific patient depends on a number of prognostic factors.[51]
    [edit] Cytogenetics

    The single most important prognostic factor in AML is cytogenetics, or the chromosomal structure of the leukemic cell. Certain cytogenetic abnormalities are associated with very good outcomes (for example, the (15;17) translocation in acute promyelocytic leukemia). About half of AML patients have “normal” cytogenetics; they fall into an intermediate risk group. A number of other cytogenetic abnormalities are known to associate with a poor prognosis and a high risk of relapse after treatment.[52][53][54]

  10. Dr. BadgerPack 11/23/2009 at 5:10 PM #

    Best wishes Coach. The Wolfpack is in your corner.

  11. packgrad2000 11/23/2009 at 6:01 PM #

    I know we’re all going to die some day, but I swear I think NC State is cursed. Jimmy V, Kay Yow, and now Bible. I’m not trying to say (and certainly praying!) that he’s going to have to same outcome, but this just feels like the curse of everything that is NC State with a dramatic exclamation point.

    My wife’s mother just passed away 2 weeks ago from ovarian cancer so we’re still very much grieving her loss and the curse that is cancer. I hate this for Dana and pray that he beats this.

  12. ldr of the pk 75 11/23/2009 at 6:18 PM #

    This type of news reduces the importance we all put in sports. Perhaps it tempers us as we reflect upon our true blessings at this time of year. Best wishes to Coach Bible, his family, and all involved.

  13. graywolf 11/23/2009 at 6:34 PM #

    My prayers go up for you Coach Bible and your family.

  14. PoppaJohn 11/23/2009 at 6:35 PM #

    Terrible news – my prayers go out to you Coach, and to your family and friends. Forget football, get well.

  15. PoppaJohn 11/23/2009 at 6:37 PM #

    ldr – well said, a good reminder to us all.
    We all ‘die’ a little every time our beloved Pack loses, but this is the big leagues.

  16. pman27 11/23/2009 at 6:57 PM #

    My niece completed a 2 year course of treatment for ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia) about a year ago. Its a tough time for the patient and their family. Prayers and best wishes for Coach Bible and his family.

  17. smallandpettypat 11/23/2009 at 7:34 PM #

    I sincerely hope that Bible has a speedy recovery.

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  18. ChiefJoJo 11/23/2009 at 7:53 PM #

    This is tough news to hear. Best wishes to Coach Bible for a speedy recovery.

  19. fullmoon1 11/23/2009 at 8:31 PM #

    We are remembering you and your family in our thoughts and prayers coach Bible.

  20. FunPack 11/23/2009 at 9:14 PM #

    Awful news. Prayers and best wishes for Coach Bible and his family.

  21. highstick 11/23/2009 at 10:50 PM #

    Wow, my prayers are with the Bible family. My Dad died of Hodgkins(although they were still trying to call it leukemia) in 1958. The treatments with mustard gas as chemo were brutal. He could have lived a longer life, but got a staph infection which sent him into a spiral. He died at 46 and weighed about 85 pounds by then. His battle lasted only 3 months from diagnosis to death.

    Lots better treatments available now!

  22. blpack 11/23/2009 at 11:42 PM #

    Terrible news. Prayers for coach Bible to have a speedy recovery.

  23. Scooter 11/24/2009 at 8:29 AM #

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery for Dana Bible. We do a lot of griping on here, but this puts a lot into persective.

  24. NCSU84 11/24/2009 at 9:40 AM #

    I am behind you 100% coach Bible, and I am sure I speak for the entire Wolfpack nation in wishing you and your family the best.

  25. Sweet jumper 11/24/2009 at 11:29 AM #

    I posted this on a Forum entry yesterday. I hope it helps: There are several different types of leukemia. Some respond very well to chemotherapy with a high percentage of complete remission. Other forms are resistant to therapy and carry a grave prognosis. A good friend of mine just lost her fight to leukemia. She was a doctor’s wife and was at a major medical center with the best treatment regimens available, but unfortunately had one of the agressive, resistant forms of this disease. She went from very healthy to gravely ill to death in a couple of months despite all treatment efforts. I hope Coach Bible has a treatable form and will be in remission soon and back on the sideline next season. Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.

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