Did anyone really expect anything else as a response?

Anointed by myriad draftniks as the likely No. 1 overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft entering the 2017 college football season, Sam Darnold has underwhelmed and underperformed that lofty projection for most of the first half or more of the season. Monday, a report surfaced that the USC quarterback, who has two seasons of eligibility remaining beyond this year, is unlikely to leave the Trojans early this year for the professional ranks.

Not surprisingly, Darnold was asked about the report Tuesday. Just as likely, the redshirt sophomore gave the predictable non-answer answer.