The $179-million Rose Bowl renovation is only halfway finished, yet Saturday night, UCLA football fans will immediately notice one new touch to the space behind the Bruins' bench.
You know the spot from where Karl Dorrell and Rick Neuheisel would address fans after nearly every home game?
Jim Mora won't be there.
Win or lose in his home debut against Nebraska, Mora will end it by sending a strong public message about his own difficult remodeling job. The Bruins are now all about football, and only football, and the only postgame speeches the new coach will give will be in the locker room.
"I respect the tradition, I would never mean any disrespect to Rose Bowl fans, but the most important people you can talk to after a game is your team, and I don't want to delay that any longer than I have to," Mora told me Thursday after practice.