by Travis Normand
Originally posted on December 28, 2012
Updated December 31, 2012
Update:  Since making this post, I was able to reach someone in the football department at NC State (via @PackFootball on Twitter.com). They told me that Coach Bible is of no relation to Coach Dana X. Bible, but that he gets asked that question a lot.  While watching the Music City Bowl I was reminded of a tiny connection that I have with Dana Bible. Bible is coaching the bowl game from the booth and he is being assisted by wide receivers coach Troy Walters on the sideline. Walters was part of Tom O’Brien’s staff at NC State and apparently will not be at NC State next season (neither will Bible). I am mentioning this because I went to high school with Troy and we were in the same graduating class. Small world.
Okay, so “that” Dana Bible isn’t really still coaching but the other Dana Bible is.
A couple of years ago I was watching a college football game when I heard the TV announcer say something that really caught my attention. The announcer was talking about Tom O’Brien’s coaching staff at Boston College when he mentioned that the offensive coordinator was Dana Bible.
I remember thinking that there was no way I had heard him correctly. Dana Bible?
I pulled out my laptop and went straight to the football page of the Boston College athletics website. I looked at the coaches’ biography pages and sure enough, the offensive coordinator was named Dana Bible.
Was this a coincidence? A football coach with the name of Dana Bible; surely he is the grandson of Dana X. Bible? I searched everywhere I could think of trying to find out if this coach at Boston College was related in any way to Dana X. Bible. However, I couldn’t find anything that mentioned a relation between the two men.
For all I know they are related and I just haven’t found the missing link. On the other hand, it could obviously be nothing more than a coincidence. I would love to find out the answer, but am not sure I ever will (unless I happen to bump into him someday and can ask him a question).
After the 2006 season, Tom O’Brien left Boston College and took the head coaching job at North Carolina State University. Dana Bible went with him and has been the offensive coordinator at NC State since arriving.
Toward the end of the 2012 season, NC State dismissed Tom O’Brien as head coach and Dana Bible has assumed the role of interim head coach for the Wolfpack’s bowl game against Vanderbilt.
So for all you fans of college football history: Dana X. Bible’s last season as head football coach was 1946. However, there will be another Dana Bible leading his team as head coach in this season’s Music City Bowl.
*Random note: Dana Bible and Tom O”Brien attended the same high school (St. Xavier) in Cincinnati Ohio.
Dana X. Bible: