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Abstract

This study examines how the quality of a university can impact a college football player’s decision to enter into the NFL early. Using data on academic quality and the historical success of a program, I estimate the probability that a player forgoes their senior year to enter into the NFL draft. After controlling for changes over time in number of entrants, position, academic quality, and historical success of a program, I find that schools with 2nd tier academics and a top 25 historical football program are more likely to have a player leave early. Specifically, defensive backs are 14.1% more likely to leave early from these schools while defensive linemen are 18.2% less likely.

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