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October 29, 1998 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I don't know if you can see the scar," Ryan Nece says. Barely. "It goes from here to here." He stretches his right hand over to his left ear, extending the thumb inside the closely cropped dark hair as a pointer, then drags it over the bend of the skull to the other side. "I had an operation," he says. "They cut me open from ear to ear." For the reconstruction. "They pull down your skin, they cut underneath my eyes. I have titanium plates all through here."
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September 9, 2001 | SAM FARMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before taking the field for one of the best games of his UCLA career, linebacker Ryan Nece looked into the Kansas stands, found his mom, and shot his arms out like a 747. Turns out, Cathy Nece has an intense fear of flying and almost stayed home in California. A late-night call to Ryan on Thursday was the only reason she decided not to cash in her ticket. "He told me I have to face my fears," she said. "I did it because of him." Good thing she did.
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September 3, 1998 | JERRY CROWE
It's hard to imagine: A son of former USC All-American Ronnie Lott, one of the Trojans' all-time greats, playing for UCLA? But it's happening. And Ryan Nece, a redshirt freshman linebacker from San Bernardino, says it's OK with his famous father, a Fox Sports studio host and former all-pro safety who played for the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Raiders. "He was really glad that I chose the school that I chose," Nece, who uses his mother's maiden name, says.
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November 1, 2000 | BILL SHAIKIN
Junior linebacker Ryan Nece has started 26 games, more than all but three of his teammates. In last week's 27-24 victory over Arizona, however, the UCLA coaches rotated him with sophomore Marcus Reese on alternating possessions for the first three quarters. Nece played most of the fourth. "We've got to get Marcus in there," linebacker coach Marc Dove said. "Ryan's got a lot of experience, but Marcus is a very talented player." Nece will remain the starter, Dove said.
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November 1, 2000 | BILL SHAIKIN
Junior linebacker Ryan Nece has started 26 games, more than all but three of his teammates. In last week's 27-24 victory over Arizona, however, the UCLA coaches rotated him with sophomore Marcus Reese on alternating possessions for the first three quarters. Nece played most of the fourth. "We've got to get Marcus in there," linebacker coach Marc Dove said. "Ryan's got a lot of experience, but Marcus is a very talented player." Nece will remain the starter, Dove said.
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October 22, 1999 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
An inspired Ryan Nece held off fast-charging freshman Marcus Reese to retain his job as a starting outside linebacker, but Eric Whitfield lost the No. 1 spot at strong safety to Lovell Houston in lineup changes made Thursday. The Nece-Reese battle was the more intriguing, since it involved a position with an incumbent who was supposed to be entrenched and who last season was honorable mention All-Pacific 10.
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December 31, 1998 | RANDY HARVEY
For the first time, UCLA linebacker Ryan Nece dreaded seeing his father after a game when the Bruins returned home from Miami. What was the last thing Ronnie Lott told his son before the game against the Hurricanes? "He told me that when you go into an away stadium against a team like Miami, you've got to tackle," Nece said this week. "He said hard tackling is the best way to take away a team's home-field advantage."
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September 9, 2001 | SAM FARMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before taking the field for one of the best games of his UCLA career, linebacker Ryan Nece looked into the Kansas stands, found his mom, and shot his arms out like a 747. Turns out, Cathy Nece has an intense fear of flying and almost stayed home in California. A late-night call to Ryan on Thursday was the only reason she decided not to cash in her ticket. "He told me I have to face my fears," she said. "I did it because of him." Good thing she did.
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September 7, 2000 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The father's son celebrated the past and became better for the present. He found inspiration in the Ohio summer. He found Broadway Joe. The father's son lived a proud moment, sitting in the front row during the ceremonies, his nervous grandfather making the presentation of a superstar of the 1980s and '90s. Ronnie Lott was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 29, and his son was there. The son still is. "It's going to be an inspiration for me," Ryan Nece says. It already has been.
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February 24, 1996
San Bernardino Pacific took advantage of two steals in the final minute and eliminated Tustin, 56-54, in a Division II-A quarterfinal Friday night at San Gorgonio High. Leading 52-51 with just over three minutes remaining, Tustin went into a four-corner offense, but Pacific's Ryan Nece stole the ball with 54 seconds remaining and scored on a layup while drawing a foul. Nece made the free throw, putting Pacific (24-4) up by two.
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September 7, 2000 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The father's son celebrated the past and became better for the present. He found inspiration in the Ohio summer. He found Broadway Joe. The father's son lived a proud moment, sitting in the front row during the ceremonies, his nervous grandfather making the presentation of a superstar of the 1980s and '90s. Ronnie Lott was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 29, and his son was there. The son still is. "It's going to be an inspiration for me," Ryan Nece says. It already has been.
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October 22, 1999 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
An inspired Ryan Nece held off fast-charging freshman Marcus Reese to retain his job as a starting outside linebacker, but Eric Whitfield lost the No. 1 spot at strong safety to Lovell Houston in lineup changes made Thursday. The Nece-Reese battle was the more intriguing, since it involved a position with an incumbent who was supposed to be entrenched and who last season was honorable mention All-Pacific 10.
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December 31, 1998 | RANDY HARVEY
For the first time, UCLA linebacker Ryan Nece dreaded seeing his father after a game when the Bruins returned home from Miami. What was the last thing Ronnie Lott told his son before the game against the Hurricanes? "He told me that when you go into an away stadium against a team like Miami, you've got to tackle," Nece said this week. "He said hard tackling is the best way to take away a team's home-field advantage."
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October 29, 1998 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I don't know if you can see the scar," Ryan Nece says. Barely. "It goes from here to here." He stretches his right hand over to his left ear, extending the thumb inside the closely cropped dark hair as a pointer, then drags it over the bend of the skull to the other side. "I had an operation," he says. "They cut me open from ear to ear." For the reconstruction. "They pull down your skin, they cut underneath my eyes. I have titanium plates all through here."
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September 3, 1998 | JERRY CROWE
It's hard to imagine: A son of former USC All-American Ronnie Lott, one of the Trojans' all-time greats, playing for UCLA? But it's happening. And Ryan Nece, a redshirt freshman linebacker from San Bernardino, says it's OK with his famous father, a Fox Sports studio host and former all-pro safety who played for the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Raiders. "He was really glad that I chose the school that I chose," Nece, who uses his mother's maiden name, says.
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November 16, 2001
Pete Carroll, freshman quarterback Billy Hart--"USC Sports Magazine," today, 3 p.m., Fox Sports Net. Bob Toledo, Ryan Nece, Brian Poli-Dixon--"UCLA Sports Magazine," today, 3:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net. Joe DiMaggio--"SportsCentury," tonight, 5 and 8 p.m., ESPN Classic. Clarence "Bones" Adams, Johnny Tapia, "Mighty" Mike Anchondo--"Ringside With Johnny Ortiz," tonight, 9-11, KSPN (1110).
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April 7, 1998 | JIM HODGES
UCLA will use a new defense, which is really an old one, when spring football practice begins today at Spaulding Field on campus. The throw-everybody-at-the-quarterback look will be gone, replaced by a conventional defense taught by a new coach. Nick Allioti is back in the Pacific 10 Conference. "It looks similar to the way Oregon looked when they went to the Rose Bowl," said Coach Bob Toledo on Monday. "We will have a more traditional defense. By that I mean it looks like you've seen it before."
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