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Five off-the-beaten-path storylines of UCLA Bruins at Arizona Wildcats




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Compiling five off-the-beaten-path storylines of Arizona’s game at UCLA while wondering if Lee Corso will don the Wilbur the Wildcat mascot hat or pull a fast one and put on the Bruin one instead. Either way, a comedic bit that never loses its appeal …


UCLA coach Jim Mora does not care if you like him or not, unless you are a recruit’s parent.

That’s the gist of what you get from those who cover the team and are close to the fourth-year Bruins coach.

When UCLA recently kept passing the ball in the last minute of a rout over UNLV, a reporter questioned Mora’s motives.

A host of a sports talk show at the ESPN radio affiliate in Las Vegas said he saw how upset UNLV coach Tony Sanchez was about Mora’s late-game decision despite the Bruins leading 37-3. He said he read Sanchez’s lips and caught him saying that Mora is a “a-hole”.

Tevita Halalilo, a freshman offensive lineman, suffered a significant ankle injury with less than a minute while UCLA kept running its uptempo offense. Halalilo was carted off the field with his right leg in a splint.

“I can’t believe you’re being critical of it. If you’re being critical of it, you need to readjust your thinking,” Mora told the reporter. “What do you want us to do, take a knee and not run plays? Get penalized?”

Mora talked about Nick Pasquale, a walk-on receiver who died tragically two years ago when struck by a car. He appeared in his only game as a UCLA player the previous night.

“I learned a valuable lesson two years ago when Nick Pasquale died,” Mora said. “The lesson is everybody deserves a chance to go out there and play. Nick’s dream was to play in a UCLA game. We got in a position where we put some guys in who hadn’t played a lot and we got Nick in for a game. That is something his family going to cherish forever.”

Is it going too far to bring up Pasquale’s name in this situation? That’s a point to argue. When Pasquale played, the Bruins ran out the clock. It’s admirable to have walk-ons get minutes, but to equate the situation at UNLV with Pasquale’s opportunity is over the top.



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