Compher to get $1.2M buyout, will still earn longevity bonus

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — The ECU Board of Trustees has approved Athletic Director Jeff Compher’s buyout, which will amount to $1,262,500 over the next five years.

The announcement came during a Board of Trustees meeting Friday.

The payments, according to the university, will equal 50 percent of what Compher would have earned had he been kept on.

Compher will stay in his role through May 1, which means he will  earn a $140,000 longevity bonus that takes affect April 30, marking five years at the school.

If Compher gets a new athletics-related positions somewhere else, the university payments to him would be reduced on a dollar-for-dollar basis after he earns $192,500 per year at a new position.

Compher, 59, was hired in April 2013, replacing Terry Holand.

During Compher’s time as athletic director, he hired Cliff Godwin as ECU’s baseball coach, who led the team to an NCAA Super Regional.

Compher also signed a 10-year deal with Adidas to be the PIrates’ official provider of footwear apparel and accessories.

But in 2015, Compher fired then football coach Ruffin McNeill.

Since then, the Pirates have won just six football games in two years, and the 2016-2017 season was among the worst athletic years in ECU history.

Following the historically bad year, Compher was given a five-year extension in late June, angering some fans.

The contract was supposed to run through April 2023.

Now, just nine months after that contract extension was signed, he will be bought out of his contract.

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