The Bruin Twitterverse will be divided into two sections following our Alamo Bowl victory. Today's entry: The kneel down discussed around the world, or, the handshake that was and wasn't.
A lot of this was immediate twitter reaction from last night, so take it as you will.
I will defend the safety of my players...forever.— Jim Mora (@UCLACoachMora) January 3, 2015
Brett Hundley appreciated it.
And the players fell in line.
Thank you @UCLACoachMora for protecting the team.— Ishmael Adams (@ishadams) January 3, 2015
Nothing but respect to @UCLACoachMora and what he does for this team... Nothing changed everyone still hatin on us but it won't keep us down— Scott Quessenberry (@ScootsyQ) January 3, 2015
Protect your QB.
And if I know one thing about Mora, it's that he's fiercely, fiercely protective of his players -- and Hundley very much in particular.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) January 3, 2015
Also, don't go to war with an old man.
The last time someone disrespected Bill Snyder we went to war. The year was 1812.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) January 3, 2015
Ted Miller thought it was Bush league.
While folks are ripping Mora, he's in right with Snyder. Aggressive play vs. victory formation is 100 % low rent. & dangerous.— Ted Miller (@TedMillerRK) January 3, 2015
zero ambiguity here. Aggressive hitting vs victory formation is 100% bush league. No debate. K-state 100 % in wrong. Snyder will apologize.— Ted Miller (@TedMillerRK) January 3, 2015
Caleb Benenoch then went off this morning.
How can you claim ignorance as a coach. When your starting DE and captain tells me he didn't want to do the play at the end of the game. ☕️— Caleb Benenoch (@CalebBenenoch74) January 3, 2015
(if emojis do not show, that's a cup of tea and a frog.) He also tweeted a video angle of the leap.
Recruits dug it.
But to end this saga for now, here's what one of the beat writers had to say (that's not named Chris Foster).
When he was at the airport:
Some not-so-kind words for Jim Mora from Kansas State fans waiting in line near me at the airport. Sounding pretty heated about it, actually— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) January 3, 2015
Bigger issue for us:
Biggest issue for me with Mora's handling of K-State situation: Could've addressed it calmly in presser, not passive aggressively on Twitter— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) January 3, 2015
I posted the post game press conference post last night. I listened to Mora. He didn't address why the first handshake was so quick, and the second was longer with hand gestures which pretty much said "your guy jumped, not cool" but he knew it was coming or something was coming if he had Vanderdoes and Clark out there flanking Hundley. He spent the time defending his record this season.
But the morning after, still bush league on the UCLA side.
That being said, K-State calling a timeout before that final play and then jumping over the pile is full-on bush league in itself.— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) January 3, 2015
K-State is less than happy with Mora's response. No one likes baseball's unwritten rules either?
If you're interested, there are two sides to this story still going on Twitter. Tons of people mad that Mora took on a senior citizen, and others happy that he defended his players. Middle ground will be hard to find.