Less than a month before UCLA’s first game of 2017, QB Josh Rosen said this:
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.
Tiny slices of that quote became the talk of national college sports media for about three days afterward. Nevermind that Rosen had already established a track record of speaking his mind, and doing so in paragraphs, rather than phrases; something about a current “student-athlete” criticizing the modern American university-sports complex really struck a nerve. BE GRATEFUL and STOP WHINING and other point-missing dominated the conversation until everyone found something new to get mad about