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August 5, 1997 | JIM HODGES
for name value, anyway--was not on hand when freshmen reported Monday and won't be around this season. Or, perhaps, ever. Defensive lineman Jesse Simms, grandson of UCLA alumnus Jackie Robinson, told Coach Bob Toledo he would be taking a season off because of time lost in celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Robinson's breaking major league baseball's racial barrier. "It's been hectic--TV, radio, newspapers, traveling," Simms said. "I need to take care of a couple of things academically."
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April 15, 1997 | From Associated Press
A day after spraining his neck in a collision, Jeff Kent returned and homered against his former team again, leading the San Francisco Giants over the New York Mets, 3-2, on Monday night. Kent hit a two-run home run and a run-scoring double in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, then crashed head first into the third-base bag and missed the remainder of the game. On Monday, he hit a run-scoring single in the third inning and a two-run homer in the eighth off Greg McMichael (0-1).
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February 6, 1997 | ERIC SHEPARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Optimism on the day to sign national football letters of intent is understandable, especially at USC and UCLA. The schools finished a combined 11-12 last season, neither qualifying for a bowl game. Each had many needs to fill. So after 19 high school seniors committed to USC and 19 seniors and a junior college transfer committed to UCLA on Wednesday, the reaction of the respective coaches was predictable.
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November 15, 1996 | SHAV GLICK
Jesse Simms, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound linebacker-fullback from King and Low Heywood Thomas prep school in Stamford, Conn., is one of the most heavily recruited football players in the country. Among schools he is considering are Penn State, Arizona State, Boston College, Virginia, Wisconsin, USC and UCLA. "He can't go to USC," his grandmother said. "They're UCLA's rivals." Simms is the grandson of the late Jackie Robinson, who went to UCLA, as did grandmother Rachel.
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April 16, 1997 | BOB NIGHTENGALE
Jesse Robinson Simms never had the honor of meeting his grandfather, Jackie Robinson, who died six years before he was born, but he pledges that he forever will carry on the legacy. "I was in the fifth or sixth grade before I learned everything he stood for and everything he believed in," said Simms, who signed a national letter of intent to play football for UCLA. "[Penn State Coach] Joe Paterno told me how he'd go to Ebbets Field to watch him play. [USC Coach) John Robinson . . .
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August 13, 1997 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"You guys owe it to yourselves to play 60 minutes . . . with great effort, great intensity. It's the last time we're going to walk out that tunnel together, guys. The last time we're going to walk out as the 1996 UCLA football team. I'm proud to be a part of it." --Bob Toledo, addressing the Bruins just before last fall's USC game * Jolie Oliver is as much a part of UCLA's defense as Weldon Forde, Shaun Williams or Brian Willmer.
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