Valid point or verified whine? UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen had a point to make about college football, and he used Alabama as his example.
During a one-on-one interview with Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes, the No. 1 pro-style QB in the Class of 2015 focused on a somewhat controversial topic: workloads for student-athletes.
The conversation went down that path after Rosen lamented not being able to take an economics class required for his major because of a conflict with his spring football schedule. It evolved into a discussion about whether football comes before school. Then, the somewhat controversial quarterback took the opportunity to offer his take on college football, and he included the Crimson Tide as his primary example:
“Look, football and school don’t go together. They just don’t,” Rosen told Bleacher Report. “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.”
On the surface, that appears to be a dig at the caliber of student that Alabama is admitting to its football program. But when pressed on what he meant by saying some people have “no business” being in school, he clarified what he meant.
“It’s not that they shouldn’t be in school,” he told Bleacher Report. “Human beings don’t belong in school with our schedules. No one in their right mind should have a football player’s schedule, and go to school. It’s not that some players shouldn’t be in school; it’s just that universities should help them more—instead of just finding ways to keep them eligible.”
After missing much of last season because of an injury to his throwing shoulder, Rosen is expected to be at full health and ready to go in a season-opening clash with Texas A&M.
Why do we get the feeling that the majority of Crimson Tide fans will now be pulling for the Aggies to grab an SEC win in this one?