Josh Rosen is not the most popular player in college football, but if his no-filter comments keep making headlines, that will soon change.
The UCLA QB first made major waves last season when when he wore a hat with the words “Fuck Trump” while golfing at non other than the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
One year later and Rosen it at is again, with his latest remarks directed at the University of Alabama football program.
During an interview with Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes, Rose talked about the balance of playing Division I football and focusing on academics, saying, “Don’t get me started,” Rosen said. “I love school, but it’s hard. It’s cool because we’re learning more applicable stuff in my major (economics) – not just the prerequisite stuff that’s designed to filter out people. But football really dents my ability to take some classes that I need. There are a bunch of classes that are only offered one time. There was a class this spring I had to take, but there was a conflict with spring football …”
Rosen was then asked was whether playing football took precedence over academics, to which he responded with, “I didn’t say that, you did,” he said, laughing. “Look, football and school don’t go together. They just don’t. Trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs. There are guys who have no business being in school, but they’re here because this is the path to the NFL. There’s no other way. Then there’s the other side that says raise the SAT eligibility requirements. OK, raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have. You lose athletes and then the product on the field suffers.”
“Any time any player puts into school will take away from the time they could put into football,” he said. “They don’t realize that they’re getting screwed until it’s too late. You have a bunch of people at the universities who are supposed to help you out, and they’re more interested in helping you stay eligible. At some point, universities have to do more to prepare players for university life and help them succeed beyond football. There’s so much money being made in this sport. It’s a crime to not do everything you can to help the people who are making it for those who are spending it.”