Head coach Jim Mora talks about the first 11 days of training camp, how the energy this year compares to last year and Josh Rosen‘s recent practices. By the way, at the beginning, Mora is referencing his players trying to throw T-shirts/towels from the field up onto the patio level of Luskin Center, where season ticket holders were watching practice.
UCLA head coach Jim Mora went on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday to talk about quarterback’s Josh Rosen controversial comments about school and football.
The junior signal-caller told Bleacher Report in an interview during the spring that was published Tuesday that he doesn’t think “football and school don’t go together,” because “trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs.” He explained that his commitment to football sometimes prevents him from taking required classes for his economics degree, and he would like to see universities help “prepare players for university life and help them succeed beyond football.”
Mora said he had a discussion with Rosen about the comments but also supported his player’s opportunity to speak out: “It’s OK to have opinions. As a 20 year old, you’re going to have opinions now when you don’t have when you’re 22, 23, 30, 50, 60, that are maybe different than when you were when you were 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. But when you express those opinions in a public forum … you create perceptions. You create controversy … and you have to be willing to live with the consequences.”
Neither Mora nor Rosen were available to the local media after Tuesday night’s practice.
A few of Rosen’s teammates took to Twitter on Tuesday and responded positively to his comments.
Stanford head coach David Shaw told the San Jose Mercury News that he disagreed with Rosen’s comment that athletics and academics can’t co-exist