A year ago, Jim Mora stood inside the Rose Bowl and shared a tender moment with each of his seniors before they bounded onto their home field one last time.
The UCLA coach held quarterback Mike Fafaul’s head in his hands while conveying his appreciation. He embraced linebacker Cameron Judge in a tight hug. He placed his hand atop defensive end Takkarist McKinley’s head and playfully nudged him toward the field.
On Friday night, the Bruins seniors will receive acknowledgment from everyone except the man who brought them to UCLA.
They will share hugs, handshakes and smiles with parents, teammates and interim coach Jedd Fisch. Then they will try to beat California as a...