SAN BERNARDINO – UCLA’s Monday evening practice ended early when a fight broke out between a few players.
The trouble began near the end of the session at Cal State San Bernardino when defensive end Cassius Marsh began scuffling with an offensive player. Tensions rose between offense and defense, escalating when receiver Shaq Evans ran in from the sideline and began jawing loudly with defensive back Anthony Jefferson.
Head coach Jim Mora halted practice half an hour early and made the entire team run widths of the field for roughly 10 minutes.
“I’m a guy that doesn’t like fights,” Mora said. “I think we had a fight there. I decided to stop practice and run them. … I think it’s really important that we have to maintain our composure.”
He added that the moment was a good learning opportunity for the team, and didn’t believe any antagonism would carry over.
Last Saturday, Mora tossed two players from practice for fighting. He said afterward that he didn’t want to see “selfish” behavior from the team.