A group of 17 Bruins seniors will play their last home game (or because of injury have already played their last home game and will be honored) on Friday, and Mora has been on the sidelines for all of them. He recruited them. He taught them. He mentored them. And now he’s gone.
“[Mora’s] one of the reasons why I came 1,800 miles away, from Louisiana, to be a part of this organization,” Bruins senior linebacker Kenny Young told Ben Bolch of the LA Times. “He is a real mentor. He’s a great guy, a great guy at the end of the day. And I wish I could’ve shook his hand and hugged him for my last game, but, you know, things happen.”
Young, UCLA’s captain linebacker who leads the team in tackles and tackles for loss, will have one more chance to suit up for the Bruins if they should beat Cal on Friday. It would move them to six wins and make them bowl eligible. A win there may provide some relief from what has been an end to the season of those 17 seniors that’s far from idyllic.