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View from the 'ville
Saturday, June 18, 2011

By Al Myatt

Connors makes way for movie

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Movie prop imagery hovers on the wall behind him as Jeff Connors sits behind a desk in his office at the Murphy Center on Friday. (Photo: Al Myatt.)


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By Al Myatt
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GREENVILLE — The office of East Carolina strength and conditioning director Jeff Connors was converted for use by a movie crew on Friday. An extra desk was in Connors' quarters on the lower level of the Murphy Center with prominent displays of logos of the "Monarchs," the pro football team depicted in the film.

Connors' office has an excellent, ground-level view of the interior of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Connors' son, Beau, who played football at East Carteret High School, was involved in the project.

"My son went to film school and he's working on this movie right now," Connors said.

The elder Connors said Beau Bridges had a featured role in the film, which has been tentatively titled, "Home and Away."

"Supposedly, it's going to be about a coach who had two sons who played for him in high school," said the Pirates' conditioning guru. "One went on to play in college, who was not expected to go on and play in college. The other did not because he had some sort of injury. The brothers became estranged and then, at some point, they were brought back together.

"That's what I know about it."

Connors said the movie had been filming at Laney High School in Wilmington for a couple of weeks.

"What they're filming here (at ECU's football facility) is the professional aspect of the movie, where the one guy played pro ball," Connors said. "When they get done, they've got to move my stuff back in here."

And if the crew doesn't get his stuff back properly, knowing Connors, they could be looking at an impromptu sequel to 'Rambo.'

Actually, Connors is more mellow in his approach these days and you can read about that in the upcoming issue of Bonesville The Magazine.

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06/18/2011 08:48 PM


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