A couple Pac-12 coaches have already expressed their views on UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen’s comments regarding balancing school with athletics. Rosen’s coach weighed in on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday.
UCLA coach Jim Mora said he had a “very productive” conversation with his signal caller on Tuesday, and explained that Rosen has to face the effects whenever he decides to offer his opinion on something.
“When you express opinions, you create perceptions. You create controversy,” Mora said. “There are those that agree with you and those who don’t agree with you, and you have to be willing to deal with the consequences.”
Rosen was Mora’s biggest recruiting coup in the coach’s current six-year stint at UCLA. In their first two seasons together, however, the Bruins have compiled a 12-13 record.
While Rosen’s shoulder injury last season certainly contributed to that losing mark, Mora hopes their relationship can help the quarterback take the next step in his game and in life.
“I just talk very frankly with him, as a father would talk to his son, more than anything,” Mora said. “I try to respect his opinion but yet still try to explain to him why he needs to rethink, not necessarily his position on things but how to express.
“The part of maturing for Josh is I don’t think his opinions have changed. I think that the way he’s expressing them has changed. He’s much more responsible. He understands that he does have a high profile. He also understands that NFL decision-makers are looking at all of that. That’s part of the evaluation process, and that’s something that I’ve really tried to get across.”