With camp right around the corner, Michigan still doesn't know whether it will have Ty Isaac on the field this season. And they might have to wait even longer.
The Joliet Catholic product transferred from USC to Michigan earlier this offseason, stating the desire to be closer to home and his mother, who's recovering from surgery.
[MORE BIG TEN: B1G 40: Who are the Big Ten's top Heisman candidates?]
But while Ann Arbor is certainly closer to Shorewood than Los Angeles is, it might not be close enough for the NCAA. Isaac might not qualify for the hardship waiver that would allow him to suit up for the Wolverines this season. But the NCAA hasn't figured it out yet.
#Michigan has not yet received clarity on RB Ty Isaac waiver/eligibility. Could push close to season kickoff, I’m told— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) July 24, 2014
[MORE BIG TEN: What if Big Ten schools were professional soccer teams?]
It would certainly be nice for Brady Hoke and new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier to have Isaac at their disposal this season as they try to rebuild a running game that was one of the Big Ten's worst a season ago. Isaac was one of the top-rated running backs in the country in the Class of 2014 before picking the Trojans. Last season at USC, he rushed 40 times for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns, ranking fifth on the team in rushing. If available to the Wolverines this season, he'd certainly be in the mix to be a featured back alongside fellow 2014 top recruits Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith.
Unfortunately for Michigan fans, the message is the same as the NCAA's is to Michigan: Stay tuned.