It took until three days before the season started, but we finally know whether Ty Isaac will play for the Wolverines this season.
It doesn't look like he will.
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke announced Wednesday that the NCAA denied the hardship waiver the school applied for on Isaac's behalf, meaning the USC transfer will have to sit out this season. Hoke said that Michigan is appealing the decision, however.
Ty Isaac's hardship request was denied last week. Michigan is now appealing that ruling.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) August 27, 2014
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Isaac, a Joliet Catholic alum, transferred in from USC this offseason looking to play in the Midwest to be closer to his mother, who is recuperating from surgery. He visited Illinois and Michigan, settling on continuing his college career in Ann Arbor. But the NCAA deemed that Michigan was still too far away from his hometown to qualify for a hardship waiver. Rules say waiver applicants must transfer to a school within 100 miles of the family member they want to be closer to.
Isaac was the fourth-ranked running back in the country and the No. 2 recruit in the state of Illinois in the Class of 2014, per Rivals.
His addition would have been a huge one for the Wolverines this season, as Michigan is trying to rebuild a running game that was better than only Purdue's in the Big Ten last season. Without Isaac, the Wolverines will move forward with Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith, who were also highly rated recruits in that 2014 class.