It was American Idol night at the start of USC’s team meeting Sunday.
In a scene made for a movie, freshman linebacker Marquis Simmons wowed the Trojans with a rendition of “Lean on Me” that had the roomful of players, coaches and staffers standing, singing along, locking arms and swaying to the tune.
What started off as an impromptu sing-off between Simmons and fullbacks Stanley Havili and D.J. Shoemate at the onset of the meeting turned into a runaway for Simmons, who easily won thanks to never-before-seen audience participation that brought laughter, smiles and joy to all crammed in Heritage Auditorium on this Sunday night. And to top it all off, Coach Carroll played piano during the song, making it quite a festive environment.
Be sure to watch this clip of the Trojans singing during Sunday’s team meeting in the latest video feature from USCRipsIt: