Top NFL Draft prospect sounds off on college sports: 'Football and school don't go together'

Business Insider | 8/8/2017 | Sam Belden
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UCLA's Josh Rosen is one of the better quarterbacks in college football, but that doesn't mean he approves of the student-athlete lifestyle.

In a recent interview with Matt Hayes of Bleacher Report, Rosen offered some insightful comments on the experience of balancing football and academics. He believes that certain aspects of student-athlete life, such as incredibly compressed schedules and a lack of compensation, are unfair to players who have ambitions beyond the NFL. He also believes that the presence of so many players who aren't focused on school creates an environment that does not value academics.

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"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."

Rosen dismissed the early graduations of players like Deshaun Watson, who took three years to earn a sociology degree from Clemson, as a counterargument, saying that not all majors are created equal.

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"If I wanted to graduate in three years, I'd just get a sociology degree," he said. "I want to get my MBA. I want to create my own business. When I'm finished with football, I want a seamless transition to...
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