There was a good chance that UCLA Bruins football head coach Jim Mora was going to have to shed light on what his quarterback, Josh Rosen, had to say about the student-athlete process when the junior spoke with Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes on Tuesday.
“Look, football and school don’t go together,” Rosen said earlier this week. “They just don’t. Trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs.”
“Human beings don’t belong in school with our schedules,” he continued. “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.”
Sure enough, Mora responded in the aftermath of his quarterback’s opinions on “The Dan Patrick Show.”
“When you express opinions, you create perceptions. You create controversy,” Mora said, per ESPN. “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.”
Mora said he had a “very productive” conversation with his quarterback on Tuesday. The head coach spoke of the dynamics between the two in a recent ESPN interview.
“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.”