A day after Josh Rosen’s comments took social media by storm, the college football world is reacting.
ESPN analyst David Pollack, a former Georgia standout, called Rosen’s comments uneducated, while Booger McFarland – a former LSU star – said the quarterback’s remarks included partial truths.
This week, Rosen had a candid conversation about his health, his education and football.
Many have pointed to this single quote:
“OK, raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have.”
Of course, the context was missed.
“It’s an uneducated comment,” Pollack said on ESPN’s College Football Live. “It’s one that I wish he wouldn’t have said, and I say that because of this: Remember how many people go to the NFL. It’s not like everybody who is going to play college football is cashing in that lottery ticket. Less than one percent of people actual make it. So you do need a backup plan and it’s not just about football.
“Listen, I was one who was in school and focused primarily on football. I’m not going to lie to you. I’m not going to act like I didn’t, but you have to have a backup plan. It’s not always going to be just football. Very few make it, so I don’t agree at all with the comment.”
“Look, football and school don’t go together,” Rosen explained. “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.”
His point wasn’t directed at Alabama but any major college football program that is competing for conference and national titles every year.
McFarland broke it down, starting with kids wanting to be in school.
“There are guys that really don’t want to go to class,” he said. “They want to go to school, and be on the 30-month plan.”
He explained the plan as being in school, then leaving after a player’s junior year for the NFL.
As far as the SAT scores:
“Listen, big fella, if you don’t want to go to a school with a high SAT requirement, go to one that doesn’t,” he said.
“David Shaw has famously said about Stanford ‘everyone can’t get into Stanford, so I’m not going to recruit everyone.’ If you want to go to a school with lower requirements, it doesn’t diminish the education. Yeah, some educations are valued are higher than others. When it comes to football, football players want to play football.
“I respect the honesty of Rosen about being a football player, but there are some partial truths to his statement.”
Pollack and McFarland are, I believe, a bit off the mark with regards to Rose.
On Tuesday, I stated Rosen’s argument is that the system essentially keeps players eligible, but – it is the quarterback’s opinion – that it hinders athletes from maximizing their pursuit of a degree.
What do you guys think about the comments made by the former SEC players?