UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen made national headlines on Tuesday in his Bleacher Report profile in which he said “football and school don’t go together.”
Rosen continued, “Trying to do (football and school) 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.”
Stanford head coach David Shaw, who oversees perhaps the most academically rigorous school among Power-5 conference teams, believes student-athletes can succeed both on the field and in the classroom.
David Shaw on Josh Rosen: "plenty of examples of guys playing at a high level and staying up with their academics.. an unfortunate comment."
— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) August 9, 2017
Shaw says there are “plenty of examples of guys playing at a high level and staying up with their academics.” He would later say that said that Rosen’s opinion was “an unfortunate comment.”
"It's up to each individual student to play the best football they can, and to walk out of that college with a degree." – David Shaw pic.twitter.com/CRu4UnSsox
— Alan George (@treeSIDjorge) August 9, 2017
Shaw also said that “it’s up to individual students to play the best football they can and to walk out of that college with a degree.”
Rosen believes that players should be getting an education, but he thinks universities aren’t doing enough for their student athletes.
“It’s not that they shouldn’t be in school. 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.
“Any time any player puts into school will take away from the time they could put into football. 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.”