AUDIO: AJ Pasquale finds comfort at UCLA after death of brother Nick

Almost a year ago, UCLA receiver Nick Pasquale died in a tragic car accident. His older brother, AJ, is now a recruiting and operations quality control intern for the Bruins.

Here’s the full story on how AJ has dealt with Nick’s passing, which is featured in Friday’s sports section in the Daily News and other Los Angeles News Group newspapers.

Below is an abridged version of his interview, including several quotes that weren’t included in the story:

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Nick Pasquale’s brother, A.J., to become football intern

A.J. Pasquale, brother of deceased UCLA receiver Nick Pasquale, will join the Bruins as a full-time intern. Nick died in September when he was struck by a car in San Clemente.

Since Nick’s death, head coach Jim Mora has reiterated that he would continue to support the Pasquale family and to keep them close to the program.

A.J. tweeted Tuesday night that he accepted the internship offer.

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Nick Pasquale’s No. 36 painted on Rose Bowl turf

Nick Pasquale's No. 36 at Rose Bowl

Nick Pasquale’s No. 36 will now be on the Rose Bowl turf for the rest of the season. The walk-on receiver died Sept. 8 when a car struck him in his hometown of San Clemente, and the Bruins have since rallied to honor his memory.

The school is selling blue No. 36 T-shirts that will benefit the Nick Pasquale Foundation. The first batch of T-shirts, donated by adidas, were close to sold out two hours before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff. More will be available at the UCLA student store and online.

The Bruins also talked about Pasquale in an ESPN segment:

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Nick Pasquale memorabilia available at UCLA’s Saturday game

UCLA is still doing its best to preserve the memory of receiver Nick Pasquale, who was struck by a car and killed last week. When the Bruins face New Mexico State at home this Saturday, fans will be able to buy T-shirts bearing Pasquale’s No. 36.

The shirts were donated by adidas, and proceeds from the sale will go to the Nick Pasquale Foundation. The first 30,000 fans will also receive a free blue towel with Pasquale’s No. 36 on it. Head coach Jim Mora asked that the towel be waved after the moment of silence.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Bruins will also add No. 36 to the Rose Bowl turf for the season, and present a framed jersey his family at halftime.

UPDATE: The shirts will go on sale in the student store and online after the New Mexico State game. Because adidas will no longer donate shirts, at least 40 percent of proceeds will go to the Nick Pasquale Foundation — rather than the 100 percent from Saturday’s sale.

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NBC4 apologizes for technician who interrupted Jim Mora

Roughly 90 seconds into Jim Mora’s press conference yesterday, a NBC4 technician began muttering loudly on his phone in the back corner. Mora had been talking about the death of receiver Nick Pasquale, and quickly became angry.

“Hey, shut up,” he said. He continued to glare at the technician, and exchanged a few more words with him before storming out of the room.

The story quickly spread nationally, with most media and fans siding with Mora. NBC4 issued an apology last night: Continue reading

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Bruins reeling after death of beloved teammate Nick Pasquale

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Carl Hulick nearly wept as he walked out of the UCLA locker room Monday morning. His eyes still red, he hugged one teammate for comfort. Several more patted him on the shoulder.

Physical comforts only helped so much. A few seconds later, Hulick gritted his teeth and slammed his own helmet. Death still haunted him.

Bruins receiver Nick Pasquale had been pronounced dead at 1:27 a.m. Sunday, struck by a vehicle in residential San Clemente. An investigation is ongoing, but there is currently no suspicion of drug or alcohol use. The driver called 9-1-1 and remained on scene. No arrests were made.

News filtered through the community quickly, spreading to players in their respective locations. With the bye, many had taken the rare weekend off the visit home. One heard the news after getting off his flight.

When head coach Jim Mora finally assembled a team meeting Sunday night, the room was silent.

“Everybody on that team, everybody in the locker room has a different relationship with Nick. Knew him in a different way,” Mora said Monday. “Whatever they were feeling was OK. Continue reading

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Jim Mora reflects on receiver Nick Pasquale’s death

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After being interrupted in his initial press conference Monday afternoon, Jim Mora spoke to UCLA beat writers about his memories of UCLA receiver Nick Pasquale. The 20-year-old died early Sunday morning when he was hit by a car in his hometown of San Clemente.

“He was a kid who epitomized everything that you’re looking for a in football player, from his spirit to his selfless work ethic, his commitment to the team, his toughness,” Mora said.

In memory of Pasquale, the Bruins will wear his No. 36 on the front of their jersey near the left shoulder. “I want it to be prominent,” Mora said. “I want people to see it.”

Nebraska will also wear a No. 36 decal on its helmets for Saturday’s game against UCLA. There will be a moment of silence for Pasquale before the 11 a.m. CST kickoff at Memorial Stadium.

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Jim Mora storms out of presser when media member talks on phone

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UCLA head coach Jim Mora began his Monday press conference by talking about receiver Nick Pasquale, who died early Sunday morning in a car accident. However, a local media member (a TV technician) interrupted the session by talking on the phone in the back corner, drawing an irate admonishment from Mora.

After delivering an A+ death glare, Mora stormed out of the room. Unsurprisingly, he did not return. This was Mora’s only scheduled availability this week.

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