LOS ANGELES -- When Jim Mora took his first college head coaching job, there was something that touched him about working with college kids. It made an already-emotional coach even more fiercely protective of the players on his team.
Nick Pasquale was no different. Pasquale, who passed away early Sunday morning after being struck by a car in his hometown of San Clemente, might not have played much on the field but Mora made it abundantly clear that the walk-on wide receiver had "a tremendous impact" in the locker room.
Mora began an impassioned opening statement on Pasquale and was interrupted by a local TV technician, who was attempting to set up equipment in the J.D. Morgan Center Press Room. In the corner of the room hiding behind a large plant, the media member was loudly talking on his cell phone.
A member of the UCLA athletics staff had approached him to ask him to stop but Mora was clearly disturbed.
"Can you shut up?" Mora asked.
A tense standoff e...