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UCLA seniors celebrate bittersweet senior night without Jim Mora

By in Press Enterprise on November 25, 2017

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

PASADENA — As if UCLA’s week needed to get any more emotional. After head coach Jim Mora was fired Sunday, UCLA capped a tumultuous week by honoring its seniors before Friday’s game at the Rose Bowl.

Instead of Mora sending the seniors out of the Rose Bowl tunnel for a final time as head coaches often do for the annual ceremony, individual position coaches hugged each player before they ran out to the field.

“What type of people don’t even let my man coach Mora not even get to send his seniors off on senior night. All he did for the program that’s the least y’all could’ve did,” safety Jaleel Wadood wrote on Twitter before the game.

“Any way this last one is for you big Jim, love you boss man,” he continued.

What type of people don’t even let my man coach Mora not even get to send his seniors off on senior night. All he did for the program that’s the least y’all could’ve did smh.

— Jaleel Wadood (@W4DOOD_) November 24, 2017

Any way this last one is for you big Jim, love you boss man. #ForeverMyHeadCoach

— Jaleel Wadood (@W4DOOD_) November 24, 2017

Wadood has been a stalwart for UCLA’s defense since he was a freshman from St. John Bosco High. He started his 40th career game Friday, the second most for a defensive player behind linebacker Kenny Young’s 41.

When asked this week how he wants his final game at the Rose Bowl to go, Young said he wanted to finish with a win, but also have it be a celebration of a tumultuous ride.

“We’ve had a journey of pure work and adversity and ups and downs and off the field as well, so I just want us to have fun,” Young said. […]    

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