Civetti: 'I Didn't Think Twice'

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jay Civetti said he's learned everything he knows from Dana Bible. So when he got the call from Tom O'Brien on Sunday, there was no doubt about where he needed to be.

The call came in on Sunday. By Monday morning, Jay Civetti was on a plane to Raleigh.

Civetti, now the offensive coordinator at Tufts University, had spent four and a half years working with Dana Bible and Tom O'Brien at Boston College. He was part of the staff that followed the coaches to NC State, where he spent a year as a GA working with the wide receivers.

"It's been an interesting week," Civetti said. "Coach O'Brien gave me a call and asked if I'd come down and lend a hand. These guys have been great to me for my career, this is all about coach Bible and NC State. These guys have given me a lot. I fortunately had the opportunity to come down here. The athletic director at my school and the head coach there thought it was a good thing and encouraged me to come down here."

Civetti will try to help out in the absence of Bible, who was diagnosed over the weekend with acute promyeloctic leukemia and is expected to remain hospitalized for at least the next 30 days as he undergoes further tests. It was a diagnosis that took everyone by surprise, even the players who he worked with every day for the past few months.

"I didn't believe it," wide receiver Jarvis Williams said. "He never misses a practice. Just hearing that he was going to be out for the [Virginia Tech] game was so sudden. We were on our way to the hotel and found out he wasn't coming."

With the full support of Tufts, Civetti arrived on Monday and started trying to find ways to help out. Civetti said he owes his entire career to Bible and there was absolutely no hesitation about what to do when O'Brien asked for his help.

"I learned everything from him; he's a pretty special person to me," Civetti said. "I think the world of him and his family; I wouldn't be where I am without him. I didn't think twice about it."

Civetti spent Monday working with the wide receivers, many of whom had worked with the Tufts coach when he was still at NC State. Jarvis Williams, who was a freshman when Civetti coached at NC State, said it was reminiscent of the days when he coached in Raleigh.

"It was great having him back," Williams said. "I was having flashbacks to old times. In the meeting room and on the field, its good energy to have out here since coach Bible is out."

Civetti said that Bible has made a lasting impression on him not just as a coach but as a role model, citing the way he teaches his players as something that he's always admired about Bible.

"The way he coaches, the way he handles kids," Civetti said. "I wouldn't say he's a coach first, I'd say he's a teacher first. I've always been impressed with how important family is to him - he does an amazing job making his players feel like he's a part of his family."

Now Civetti and the rest of NC State must try to focus on the task at hand – beating arch rival North Carolina. A win would mean a lot to this team, and not just because they'd be beating the Tar Heels.

"It would be a good bandage over this wound that we have," Williams said. "It's a positive coming out with a win, but it being North Carolina it would be even bigger for our staff and our organization."


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