Michigan football head coach Brady Hoke told the media on Wednesday that the hardship waiver for USC running back transfer Ty Isaac has been denied, but the school is already in the process of appealing the decision.
Hoke said that the decision came down last week, even though he stated earlier this week that a result had not yet been given. He did not give a timetable on how the long the appeals process could take.
Isaac transferred to the University of Michigan back in May after spending his freshman season at USC due to a family illness that made him want to be closer to his home in Shorewood, Illinois. In order to obtain the waiver, a player must transfer to a Division I program within 100 miles of the ailing family member, in this case Isaac’s mother. His transfer obviously does not fulfill that, as Ann Arbor is about 250 miles away.
If the ruling is upheld, which it appears it likely will be given the circumstances, Isaac will have to sit out the 2014 season and will be eligible to play in 2015.
Isaac was a five-star recruit in the class of 2013 and one of Michigan’s top targets at the position. They ultimately ended up landing five-star Derrick Green and four-star De’Veon Smith, so Isaac being in the fold gives Michigan three of their top targets at running back from that class, providing excellent depth at the position.