FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema isn’t on board with UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen’s assertion that academics and football don’t mix.
Bielema expressed his disagreement Wednesday, a day after Rosen’s thoughts were posted in an interview with Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes.
“I saw the feedback yesterday when a quarterback on the West Coast made a couple comments about academics and football don’t fit,” Bielema told reporters. “For wherever they’re at, that might work. For me, it’s a premium. There’s so many times where maybe a kid doesn’t have academic success and he’s a mediocre player, but all of the sudden great academic success correlates to great athletic success and vice versa. It’s one of the greatest things we have going in this world is college athletics.”
Rosen initially raised concerns in the interview while discussing schedule conflicts. The topic then turned to whether football and school go together. That’s when Rosen said it’s extremely difficult to do both.
“Trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs,” Rosen told Bleacher Report. “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.”