LOS ANGELES – Nick Pasquale, who had recently played in his first game for UCLA, was fatally struck by a vehicle as he walked in a residential area of San Clemente, Calif., early Sunday morning.
Pasquale was a walk-on receiver playing his second season with the Bruins. He made the first appearance of his career in a 58-20 victory over Nevada on Aug. 31.
Pasquale, 20, was walking in San Clemente when two cars approached. One car avoided him, but the other could not.
“The driver called in the accident and waited at the scene,” said Lt. Gary Strachan, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. “No one was arrested.”
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Strachan said deputies are investigating why Pasquale was in the street.
“This is a tragic loss,” said UCLA coach Jim Mora, a former Seahawks coach. “Nick was an outstanding young man who had a positive impact on everyone who knew him. He was a great teammate who was loved and respected by his entire team. Our thoughts are with the Pasquale family.”
The 5-foot-7 Pasquale had been a standout player at San Clemente High School. He earned a walk-on spot with the Bruins — teammates called him “Pacman” — and spent last season as a member of the scout team.
Texas fires its DC
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, less than 24 hours after one of the worst defensive performances in the history of the program.
Longhorns coach Mack Brown announced Greg Robinson, ex-Texas defensive coordinator and Syracuse coach, will replace Diaz.
“Our performance on defense last night was unacceptable, and we need to change that,” Brown said.
Brigham Young ran for 550 yards, the most ever allowed by Texas, in a 40-21 victory over the Longhorns on Saturday.
Brown hired Diaz, previously Mississippi State’s defensive coordinator, in 2010. Diaz, who makes more than $600,000 a year, will be reassigned within the athletic department.
• USC, coached by Lane Kiffin, lost 10-7 to visiting Washington State on Saturday night, and late in the game there were loud “Fire Kiffin” chants from the crowd.
“You’ve got to find some positives in things,” Kiffin said Sunday night. “Just see how passionate the USC fans are about wanting great success on the field. I feel the same way. That was not a product that anyone should have been happy to see. I feel the same way. I’ve got to do a better job on what product is out there.”
• Texas Christian quarterback Casey Pachall had surgery on his injured left arm. Pachall, a right-handed passer, will miss multiple games.