The 2023 ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame has been released and the USC candidates remain unchanged: tailback Reggie Bush, offensive lineman Jeff Bregel and safety Mark Carrier.
It remains a mystery how USC linebacker Chris Claiborne, who won the Butkus Award, is not on the ballot.
And the problem with putting Bush on the ballot so early is he sucks up all the oxygen and is likely to be elected sooner than later while older USC players will have to wait even longer because two Trojans in the same class is unlikely.
- Washington baseball coach Lindsay Meggs has retired. This could be relevant if USC and Washington pursue similar candidates.
There are two coaches who are strong candidates at Washington that USC should consider: Texas A&M associate head coach Nate Yeskie was a long-time assistant at Oregon State (2009-19) and was the 2017 D1Baseball Assistant Coach of the Year, when the Beavers’ pitching staff had a 1.93 ERA.
LSU pitching coach Jason Kelly was an assistant at Washington (2013-19) and Arizona State (2020-21). Kelly was D1 Baseball 2018 National Assistant Coach of the Year for helping lead the Huskies to their first-ever College World Series appearance.
He also has local ties and attended St. Joseph’s High School in Santa Maria.