As if we needed any more tragedies in the sports world, in a story posted at YahooSports.com (among other places), the AP is reporting that USC kicker Mario Danelo was found dead Saturday about 120 feet down a rocky cliff near Point Fermin lighthouse. Although details of the event are unknown at this time, police say that the body was reported by passers by, and an investigation is underway.
Danelo, was the 21-year-old son of former NFL kicker Joe Danelo, made 15 of 16 field goals this season and led the Trojans in scoring with 89 points. The junior made two field goals in the Rose Bowl on Monday to help USC beat Michigan 32-18.
Speaking on behalf of Trojans coach Pete Carroll, USC spokesman Tim Tessalone said:
“We were stunned to hear about this tragedy. This is a great loss. Mario was a wonderful young man of high character.
“He was one heck of a kicker. He was a key ingredient in our success the past two years. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Trojan family go out to the Danelo family on this sad, sad day.”
I would like to send my condolences to the Danelo family, and may God give you the strength to help you through this most painful time.