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A Player -- and a Family -- UCLA Coach Jim Mora Can Never Forget

Nick Pasquale may be gone, but he's not forgotten, not in San Clemente and not in Westwood (and not at the Sun Bowl).

Nick Pasquale, 19, of San Clemente and a walk-on UCLA football player, died in September. Photo courtesy of UCLA.
Nick Pasquale, 19, of San Clemente and a walk-on UCLA football player, died in September. Photo courtesy of UCLA.

Originally published 1:45 p.m. Jan. 3, 2014.

UCLA Football coach Jim Mora is living out the saying, “Once a Bruin, Always a Bruin,” even if that Bruin’s life was cut tragically short after one single play on the field.

In a touching article with the Los Angeles Times, Nick Pasquale’s father, Mel, explains life since a car fatally struck his son as he walked down a San Clemente sidewalk during a bye week.

"On that first day [after the accident] he walked through our door, Coach Mora said, 'My support is not just for now. … This is not going to end,'" Mel told the Times. "And he was right. It has not ended."

Read the story in its entirety here.

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