UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen has never been one to hide his opinions, and this week he made some noise with his view on the relationship between football and school.
"Look, football and school don't go together. They just don't," Rosen said in an interview with Bleacher Report. "Trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs.
"Human beings don't belong in school with our schedules. No one in their right mind should have a football player's schedule, and go to school."
On Wednesday, Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre was asked about the balance between the two. He agrees with Rosen that it's a lot of work to be a student and an athlete, but also believes it's part of growing up to balance the two.
"They have to put in (effort as) a full-time student and a full-time athlete to be successful at this level," MacIntyre said. "That's also going to teach them about life. When they get out (of college), they'll have a job, they're going to have a family, they're going to be a father and have a lot of other things pulling on them and I think this really teaches them well and really teaches them about time management to be successful."
Rosen also said schools aren't doing enough to help players succeed academically.
"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," Rosen said. "At some point, universities have to do more to prepare players for university life and help them succeed beyond football."
CU has taken pride in its academic program, which aims to help players adjust to college life, earn their bachelor's degree in three and a half years and get a jump on a master's degree if they desire.
"I've seen it so many times where a kid comes in and it doesn't look good to me," said Katie Bason, CU's director of football academics. "But then he goes through our system, goes through our programs and he makes it
"The kids are predisposed to knowing that when you come to the University of Colorado, it's not going to be a cakewalk academically and you're going to have to work your butt off."
George on board
Junior college transfer Kevin George arrived Tuesday night and is expected to be on the field with the Buffs on Thursday. A cornerback from Lafayette, La., George was delayed in his arrival while he completed his academic work at George Military Academy.
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound George is expected to compete at cornerback, where, outside of junior Isaiah Oliver, the Buffs don't have any Division I experience.
"He's a little bit behind right now, but we have a long season," MacIntyre said. "The way we're doing camp this year, in the past we would have already had more practices pounded in. He'll have some more time to have some more practices done, so that should help him also."
George had seven pass breakups and two interceptions in nine games at Georgia Military Academy. He has four years to play three seasons at CU.
Montez chimes in
Throughout Wednesday's media session with MacIntyre, quarterback Steven Montez stood behind the group. At the end, Montez saw an opening.
"Coach Mac, question from FeedtheHerd.com: What is your favorite desert food?" Montez asked
Playing along, MacIntyre said, "My favorite desert food is Sweet Cow banana chocolate chip ice cream. It's delicious."
The Buffs practiced in shorts and helmets Wednesday. "This is a day not as physical but a lot of teaching and I thought they did a good job of that," MacIntyre said. ... The Buffs also worked quite a bit on their kicking game Wednesday. ... Sophomore cornerback Anthony Julmisse remains suspended and MacIntyre said he had no update on Julmisse's status. Julmisse was arrested two weeks ago on allegations of assault, harassment and domestic violence. He has a court date scheduled for Sept. 1, the date of CU's season opener against Colorado State. Expected to compete for a starting role at corner, Julmisse has missed all 10 practices of camp so far.