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Jim Mora cut his press conference short, and it was the right thing to do

The typical Monday press conference at UCLA was unfortunately anything but typical. Instead of informing the assmebled media on the status of various dinged up players and waxing about just how much Saturday's opponent worries him, Mora had to speak about the tragic loss of redshirt freshman wide receiver Nick Pasquale, who passed away on Sunday morning after being struck by a car, and the Bruins' attempt to deal with the loss of a teammate.

"It's a difficult time, as you can imagine," Mora said.

In the midst of Mora's opening statement, a media member (off camera to the viewer's right in the video below) takes a call on his cell phone. A ringing cell phone isn't unheard of in that context, it's part of the press conference symphony of flashing cameras and fingers slapping keyboards, but you don't want to be the guy whose cell phone goes off. And you certainly don't want to be the guy who actually takes the call. Especially in that situation.

Mora stopped down immediately. He got upset. The press conference was unoffically over as soon as the reporter took the call. Forty seconds later, Mora was gone.

Judging from the reaction of the Twittersphere, Mora's move was met with applause. And rightfully so.

Watch for yourself below.