Published Monday, September 9, 2013 AT 3:11 PM / Updated at 3:58 PM
UCLA’s Jim Mora shields program in wake of player’s passing
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

It’s a tough week for UCLA football, as one of its team members, redshirt freshman wide receiver Nick Pasquale, was killed over the weekend when he was struck by a car. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini started his press conference Monday by offering condolences to Pasquale’s family and the entire UCLA football program and everybody associated with it.

“That’s a lot bigger than any football game,” Pelini said.

Apparently for one TV technician, it was not bigger than a phone call. At the outset of UCLA coach Jim Mora’s press conference — in which Mora addressed how his team was handling Pasquale’s death — a reporter is distinctly heard talking on his phone. The presser doesn’t last long after that.

“Hey, shut up!” Mora said.

“Sorry,” the reporter said.

“The disrespect of some people is unbelievable, man,” Mora said. “Unbelievable.”

The technician apparently said Mora could continue talking right after he apologized. Mora became angry.

“Don’t tell me to ‘go on,’” Mora said. “I’ll go on when I’m ready to go. Why don’t you take your butt out of here, if you’re going to be disrespectful.”

“I apologize, I didn’t mean to be,” the technician said. “I didn’t mean to.”

“Well, you were,” Mora said. He then got up and ended the press conference. Mora returned later to talk to beat writers. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, UCLA players will wear No. 36 patches on their jerseys, while NU will wear a helmet sticker. There will be a moment of silence before Saturday’s kickoff, Mora said.

Practices have been closed and UCLA players are not available for this week.

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