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    NCAA Holds Secret "Elite Football Symposium" for High-Profile College Players

    This seems like a really, really good thing for the players. Says Alabama had six players attend and mentions Tua, Moses, and Jeudy. Not sure about the other three.

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    The NFL combine is an event to see and be seen.

    Walk the corridors of the Indiana Convention Center, or the nearby hotel lobbies and bars, and there's a parade of coaches, executives, scouts, draft prospects, agents and media. But amid the frenzy are hiding places, where important things happen.

    As the saying goes, the combine you don't see is more interesting than the one you do.

    It makes the combine a perfect spot for the NCAA to host college football's biggest stars. Tua Tagovailoa was in Indianapolis this past weekend, along with five of his Alabama teammates. So was Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, joined by his blind-side protector, tackle Andrew Thomas. LSU All-America safety Grant Delpit ditched Mardi Gras to be there. Jonathan Taylor, college football's leading rusher in 2018, left frigid Wisconsin for slightly less-frigid Indy. The national champs were represented, as Clemson running back Travis Etienne and linebacker Isaiah Simmons both made the trip.

    Did anyone spot Tua, Fromm, Taylor, Delpit and Etienne around town? Probably not. Did they know the NCAA brings in a group of top college players to this event every year? It's unlikely.

    It's also by design. The NCAA's Elite Football Symposium, launched in 2017, provides high-profile college players information they need for the NFL transition, while shielding them from the combine spotlight. Held at NCAA headquarters, located several hundred yards from the hub of combine activity, the event puts players through three days of meetings about agents, money management, NFL contracts, scouting, social media and branding, and other topics.
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    Re: NCAA Holds Secret "Elite Football Symposium" for High-Profile College Players

    Obviously a great idea that they get this info early. Not sure who's conducting the "classes" (seeing it's at NCAA HQ seems a bit self-serving) but hopefully top players will no longer be naive to the bad dudes out there who want to take advantage of them.

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    Re: NCAA Holds Secret "Elite Football Symposium" for High-Profile College Players

    The NCAA having this kind of access to players makes me uneasy. They can't be trusted based on their unbalanced and corrupt past.

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    Re: NCAA Holds Secret "Elite Football Symposium" for High-Profile College Players

    Quote Originally Posted by BamaNation View Post
    Obviously a great idea that they get this info early. Not sure who's conducting the "classes" (seeing it's at NCAA HQ seems a bit self-serving) but hopefully top players will no longer be naive to the bad dudes out there who want to take advantage of them.
    Looks like the speakers are experts in the respective areas, similar to how Saban has people come speak to the entire team about topics.


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    -- Coach Bryant

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    -- Nick Saban day after beating Clemson

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    Re: NCAA Holds Secret "Elite Football Symposium" for High-Profile College Players

    I wondered what Jerry Jeudy was up to when he was Snapchatting this trip to Indy. Seems like it was around the same time as the Combine.

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