UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen spoke on his feelings regarding college football and academics.
The junior signal-caller stated that football and academics “don’t go together” during an interview with Bleacher Report published Tuesday.
Rosen, the first quarterback in UCLA history to start as a true freshman said balancing the demands of a student-athlete has led him to the belief that “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,” Rosen stated. “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.”
An economics major, Rosen said being a college football athlete is “like trying to do two full-time jobs,” and that many student-athletes are unable to balance football and school commitments simultaneously.
A way to remedy that, raising academic requirements, would be damaging to most football programs.
“There are guys who have no business being in school, but they’re here because this is the path to the NFL,” Rosen said. “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.”