Jim Mora gives three Bruins the boot

UCLA coach Jim Mora held his first team meeting early Monday, and he told the Bruins he'd given three of their teammates the boot.

Two were kicked off the team for a violation of team rules — redshirt sophomore defensive end Wesley Flowers and freshman tight end Raymond Nelson — while a third, junior DB Randall Carroll, was dismissed for falling short of academic requirements.

“At UCLA, we have a high set of standards that we expect every student-athlete to adhere to. Unfortunately, these three gentlemen chose not to do so,” Mora said in a statement.

Yes, it's fair to say Mora is sending a message.

None of the three were starters or key contributors, though Carroll, a speedster, was once a touted recruit. He caught 21 passes in three seasons before moving to the secondary.

Nelson played in eight games but didn't catch a pass. Flowers didn't record a tackle this season.