Nov 9, 2013; Berkeley, CA, USA; USC Trojans running back Ty Isaac (29) carries the ball against California Golden Bears safety Michael Lowe (5) during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. The USC Trojans defeated the California Golden Bears 62-28. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

RB Ty Isaac Will Have Difficult Time Gaining Immediate Eligibility at Michigan

This past week those guys in Ann Arbor did get themselves a bit of a gift when former USC running back Ty Isaac chose them as his transfer destination.

After one season with USC, Isaac decided to leave Southern California so he could be closer to home while his mother is dealing with complications from surgery.

Because of that, Isaac is seeking a medical hardship waiver so that he can play immediately this season, although they could prove a little more difficult than some think, according to

“(The family health issue) has to be a debilitating injury,” said John Infante, a former NCAA compliance officer who operates the popular “Bylaw Blog” for AthNet. “It doesn’t have to be life-threatening, necessarily, but it would have to be something that prevented her from working or getting around, if it’s a surgery for hearing loss, I’m not sure if that’ll qualify, but it might.

“His bigger problem, though, is that you’re required to transfer within 100 miles of the family member. Being four hours away or 200 miles probably isn’t going to cut it. There are considerations that can trump that, one thing they say is that if you’re dealing with someone suffering from such a serious illness that they’ve been given a defined amount of time left to live, then all other considerations are off the table. But in this case, it doesn’t sound like that’s the case.”

With his transfer being a little bit out of range according to NCAA status, “Big Blue” might not have their prized new rusher this season.


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