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Source: NIU AD Compher leaving for ECU

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 10:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 7:48 a.m. CDT
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(Rob Winner — rwinner@shawmedia.com)
Northern Illinois athletic director Jeff Compher speaks to attendees at the seventh annual Huskie Athletic Support Fund Kickoff Classic on Saturday inside Victor E. Court at the Convocation Center in DeKalb.

Northern Illinois athletic director Jeff Compher appears to be taking the same position at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.

A source close to the situation told the Daily Chronicle that Compher has been hired by East Carolina as its new director of athletics, replacing Terry Holland, who retired earlier this year. The source was granted anonymity to avoid reprisal.

A report from WNCT-9 in Greenville also said Compher will be introduced at a 4 p.m. news conference today on campus.

Compher, 53, would oversee a program that is a member of Conference USA, but will join the Big East (as it’s currently known) in football in 2014. He has ties to the state as he spent 2000-04 as Western Carolina’s athletic director and worked in various positions at N.C. State for 13 years. He was an assistant athletic director in Raleigh from 1986-92.

During his time in DeKalb, Compher has hired two football coaches as well as men’s and women’s basketball coaches. He also oversaw the start of construction on the Chessick Practice Center, which is supposed to be completed this fall.

Multiple phone calls to Compher were not returned.

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