Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Coaching 'em up: NC State
By Heather Dinich
The series highlighting one assistant coach from each ACC school whose position group will be in the spotlight this fall continues today with NC State:
Coach: Dana Bible
Position: Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks/receivers
Experience: Bible has coached in the NFL and at six different colleges including NC State, where he has coached twice. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Cincinnati, and coached the quarterbacks there from 1978-80. In 1981, Bible coached the receivers at Miami (Ohio), and then left to coach the quarterbacks and receivers at NC State from 1983-85. He has also made stops at San Diego State, Stanford, and coached in the NFL with Cincinnati and Philadelphia. From 1999-2006, Bible was held the same title he holds now at Boston College before following Tom O’Brien to Raleigh.
Of note: Bible has coached more than 15 NFL players, including Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. His playing days were spent on the defensive side, though, as he was a starting cornerback at Cincinnati from 1972-75.
His challenge: Life after Russell Wilson. The Mike Glennon era has officially begun, and there were plenty of NC State fans left disgruntled about the fact their star quarterback is now wearing a Wisconsin uniform. While Glennon has received praise from those within the program, he is a first-year starter who lacks game experience. Glennon played in only three games last season but completed 69.2 percent of his throws. He threw for eight touchdowns in three spring scrimmages. He’s a different quarterback than Wilson in that he’s taller, has a better arm and is more of a prototypical passer, but only time will tell if Glennon is a better quarterback. Bible also carries the title of receivers coach, and that’s another position that will be in the spotlight this fall at NC State. The Wolfpack has to replace both starting receivers from 2010, and this past spring, none of the receivers separated themselves. That will have to change this summer if the passing game is going to flourish under a new starter. It’s up to Bible to coach ‘em up.