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No Starks, and still no explanation

No Starks, and still no explanation

The Nate Starks mystery deepened Saturday.

The UCLA running back was not in uniform against Nevada Las Vegas at the Rose Bowl after not traveling with the Bruins the previous week to play Texas A&M.

The reason for Starks’ inactivity remained a secret. UCLA Coach Jim Mora does not usually announce suspensions, but Starks being held out had the feel of a disciplinary measure because he was not injured and no other explanation was given for his absence.

Starks had been allowed to practice this week, with Mora saying his playing status would be a game-time decision. Asked midweek what Starks would need to do to be allowed to play, Mora said, “I’d have...