On Saturday, Jim Mora faced a tough opponent in Stanford, and an even more aggressive one in L.A. Times reporter T.J. Simers.
Simers simply wouldn’t leave Mora alone during the UCLA coach’s post-game press conference after losing to Stanford. Simers went out of his way to badger, poke, prod and incite Mora while the rest of the room was doing their job in trying to get answers out of the Bruins’ head coach after the loss.
Simers had an idea in his head for an article and wanted to push Mora until he got enough quotes to complete his agenda. Simers wanted to prove that the Bruins had thrown the game against Stanford.
Mora and his UCLA players did face an unusual circumstance on Saturday. If they beat the Stanford Cardinal, they would face the Oregon Ducks in the inaugural Pac 12 Championship Game, but if they lost, they would face Stanford for a second week in a row.
It would make sense to a certain degree for UCLA to let Stanford win to better their chances of winning the Pac 12 an...