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East Carolina athletics director Jeff Compher talks to Pirate fans after speaking to the Greater Greenville Sports Club at the Hilton on Tuesday. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

East Carolina athletics director Jeff Compher talks to Pirate fans after speaking to the Greater Greenville Sports Club at the Hilton on Tuesday. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Compher reflects on Orange Bowl bid

By Ronnie Woodward

The Daily Reflector

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Jeff Compher officially took over for Terry Holland as East Carolina’s athletics director on Tuesday, about four months after an Orange Bowl experience that he described as exciting and “a media storm that no one could have anticipated.”

Compher was the athletics director at Northern Illinois last season when the Huskies became the first team from the Mid-American Conference to play in a BCS bowl, landing a spot in the Orange Bowl against tradition-rich Florida State. NIU was the latest school from a non-BCS league to play in one of the games that usually features teams from the Southeastern Conference, Big 12, Big 10 or another major league.


Compher, after speaking to the Greater Greenville Sports Club on Tuesday, said reaching the national spotlight in that fashion can do wonders not only for an athletic department, but an entire university.

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