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Brady12
01-07-2007, 12:25 AM
Mario Danelo, the USC kicker has been found dead at the bottom of a 120 foot cliff near a lighthouse.

Another sad football related tragedy.

http://www.sportsline.com/collegefootball/story/9912944

In Cowher We Trust
01-07-2007, 08:59 AM
wow..pray for his family

clevestinks
01-07-2007, 09:07 AM
Just saw it on CNN, damn tragic! R.I.P.

SteelCityMan786
01-07-2007, 10:24 AM
A lot of tragic football events to start the new year.

steelerbackr4life
01-07-2007, 09:06 PM
That is horrible so young. This was on yahoo http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/news?slug=ap-usc-kickerdeath&prov=ap&type=lgns

polamalufan43
01-07-2007, 09:51 PM
Definately pray for his family. He could have been great. Oh well, things happen for a reason, although most of the time we can't see it.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

BOXCAR JOEY
01-07-2007, 11:02 PM
wow. that is horrible. one minute y our ridin high from winning a championship game then the next minute BAM your dead. Life throws some real odd balls sometime.

klick81
01-08-2007, 12:15 AM
wow. that is horrible. one minute y our ridin high from winning a championship game then the next minute BAM your dead. Life throws some real odd balls sometime.

Sure does. Hope there was no foul play.

Preacher
01-08-2007, 04:07 AM
Heard tonight that suicide was ruled out.

I wonder if he was just messing around, and got too close to the cliff. It is that kind of immaturity that most college kids have... unfortunately, if that is what happened... wel...

But you never know. I do hope that wasn't it.

memphissteelergirl
01-08-2007, 01:43 PM
Dang...first Darrent Williams now this...

Bizarre...

83-Steelers-43
01-30-2007, 05:19 AM
Have they ever found out what events led up to this kids death?

Big D
01-30-2007, 11:58 AM
I havent heard anything recently. Last I heard it was an accident.

Big D
02-05-2007, 02:10 PM
LOS ANGELES -- Southern California kicker Mario Danelo was drunk when he plunged over a cliff to his death, but the cause of his death was "undetermined," according to a coroner's report released Monday.

A toxicological report accompanying Danelo's autopsy report found he had a 0.23 blood-alcohol level, nearly three times the legal limit for driving in California. No drugs were detected in his body, the report said.

The autopsy report said the cause of death was multiple traumatic injuries, but "because of the unanswered questions, we are stating the manner of death as undetermined," Deputy Medical Examiner Jeffrey Gutstadt of the Los Angeles County Coroner's office wrote in the report.

Danelo, 21, was found Jan. 6 more than 100 feet down a rocky cliff in San Pedro. Police said from the outset that foul play was ruled out and his death was either an accident or a suicide.

Following Danelo's death, several Southern California players said they were convinced the kicker did not take his own life.

A USC spokesman declined to comment about the coroner's report. Danelo's brother, Joey Danelo, was not immediately available for comment.

The report also couldn't ascertain what Danelo's state-of-mind was before his death but he "would have had to scale a wall to get to the strip of land before the steep drop-off of approximately 150 feet while under the influence of alcohol."

Danelo made 15 of 16 field goals this season and led the Trojans in scoring with 89 points. He made two field goals in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day to help USC beat Michigan 32-18.

He missed two field goals in his two-year career at USC, going 26-for-28, and he was 127-of-134 on extra points. He set NCAA single-season records with 83 extra points and 86 attempts in the 2005 season.

Danelo, the son of former NFL kicker Joe Danelo, was a walk-on at USC in 2003 and received a scholarship two years later.

83-Steelers-43
02-05-2007, 02:47 PM
Thanks Big D.

klick81
02-05-2007, 03:36 PM
Damn...this brings up a few more ?'s in my opinion.

83-Steelers-43
02-05-2007, 03:52 PM
Damn...this brings up a few more ?'s in my opinion.

You and me both.

Definately a shady situation in my book.

Haiku_Dirtt
02-07-2007, 02:05 PM
You and me both.

Definately a shady situation in my book.

I'm fairly familiar with the area and the scene. I have little doubt that he was partying but a "walk in the park" would still just be that even highly buzzed.

My guess is that there is an unknown perp involved - a stranger to the neighborhood. And this crime will never be solved.