Josh Rosen: ‘Raise The SAT Requirement At Alabama & See What Kind of Team They Have’
If you’re not a huge college football person, then the name Josh Rosen probably doesn’t ring a bell right away. The UCLA QB made waves on social media last year when he trolled Donald Trump by wearing a hat with the words “Fuck Trump” while golfing at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
Over a year later and his savage level has increased even more as he sets his sights on Alabama.
During a Q&A with Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes, Rose talked about the struggles of trying to balance academics and Division I football.
“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 …”
The next question asked was whether playing football took precedence over school work. That’s when he took a not-so-subtle shot at the Alabama Crimson Tide.
“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.”
The standout Junior likely knows, barring any injuries, that he’ll probabaly be taken in the first-round of next year’s NFL draft. He also knows that many of his teammates won’t have the same luck, and he believes the school should be helping those players money-wise, since they make so much money off of them.
“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.”