UCLA’s Josh Rosen told bleacher report that “football and school don’t go together.” Listen, I applaud Josh for his testicular fortitude. It takes guts to stand up to a powerful, unjust regime that rules every aspect of your life. Just ask people who live in communist Russia. Wait, that won’t work, because most Russians aren’t dumb enough to say anything, at least not while they’re still in Russia.
Josh, I respect the sentiment, but say it for after graduation. Don’t you remember who they went after Cardale Jones after he spoke out?
Come on, dude.
The article is actually REALLY good and you should read it in it’s entirety if you get the chance.
BleacherReport: “B/R: Look at the bright side: You got a chance to heal, maybe catch up on school.
Josh Rosen: Don’t get me started. 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, so…
B/R: So football wins out?
Josh Rosen: Well, you can say that.
B/R: So that’s reality for student-athletes playing at a major university?
Josh Rosen: I didn’t say that, you did. (Laughs.) 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.”
I’d like to point out that Josh Rosen’s life doesn’t exactly suck…
I’m sure a non-football player wouldn’t get expelled for this move.