From the LA Times’ Gary Klein and Jerry Crowe.



The body of USC kicker Mario Danelo was found Saturday at the bottom of a cliff in San Pedro, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials.

Danelo, 21, was found west of the Point Fermin lighthouse on Saturday afternoon. LAPD detectives were still investigating late Saturday night.

“I have no indication per se that it was a criminal event,” said Lt. David Pierson, commanding officer of the LAPD Harbor Division detectives. “But we exhaust all leads to ensure that we’re making the right categorization of the case.”

Asked if it was being investigated as a suicide, Pierson said, “I don’t have anything to indicate that it was that.”

Danelo, the son of former NFL kicker Joe Danelo, would have been a senior next season. He was the Trojans’ starting kicker the last two seasons after making the team as a walk-on in 2003.

Danelo made 15 of 16 field-goal attempts this season and converted 44 of 48 extra-point attempts. He kicked two 26-yard field goals in the Trojans’ 32-18 Rose Bowl victory over Michigan and made two of four extra-point attempts.