No. 16 UCLA copes after death of freshman receiver

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“That’s a lot bigger than any football game,” he said. “Obviously, this has got to be a very difficult time for them.”

The Bruins will wear a No. 36 patch on their jerseys the rest of the season. Mora said Nebraska’s players will have a sticker with Pasquale’s number on their helmets and there will be a moment of silence before Saturday’s road game in his honor.

Grief counselors were made available to the team on Monday.

“I’m not sure that all of them know how to process their emotions yet, so I just think it’s important we give them time to do that,” Mora told a group of reporters.

Pasquale was walking in the early morning hours on Sunday along a street when he was hit by a car, according to the Orange County coroner’s office.

The driver stayed at the scene and was not charged with any crime or infraction, said Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

“No drugs or alcohol have been found to have been factors for the driver,” Hallock said. “An autopsy report and later toxicology information will determine factors for the pedestrian.”

After starting to say that Pasquale had “only played a few plays,” Mora stopped mid-sentence during a Monday news conference when a video reporter in the back of the room began talking at the same time.

Mora told him “Shut up” before the reporter, who had been obscured by a potted plant that he was standing behind, emerged and motioned for the coach to continue talking.

Mora grew angry and chastised the reporter for displaying a lack of respect. The reporter apologized.

Mora got up, told the gathering, “I got nothing to say,” grabbed his backpack and left the room.

He met later with a group of reporters.

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