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Why the Big 12 is hosting a conference pro day for the first time [Video]

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Brett Yormark brought the idea up in his job interview. The Big 12 was seeking a commissioner with a bold vision in summer 2022. Though he lacked the traditional background of a college athletics lifer, three decades in pro sports afforded him fresh perspective: Yormark looked into the Big 12 and noticed all the things it wasn’t doing.

Why do schools host pro days on campus? Why not make it a showcase event?

Three months into the job, Yormark hired Scott Draper from the AAC as his VP for football. This project was put on his plate from day one. What did he think when he first heard about it?

“Candidly, it was: I can’t believe no one’s ever done this before,” Draper said. “It’s a great idea. Let’s go.”

After 16 months of working closely with the NFL to turn it into a reality, it’s time to find out whether conference pro days just might be the future.

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