After landing USC transfer running back Ty Isaac back in June, we know have learned that Isaac may not be available for Michigan Wolverines in the 2014 season. Michigan coach Brady Hoke confirmed Wednesday during a media presser that the NCAA had denied Isaac’s medical hardship waiver.
“The waiver got denied initially, and we’ve appealed it,” Hoke said to the media on Wednesday. “[We appealed] probably last week, mid week.”
Now for those who don’t remember, the former USC running back and five-star recruit announced his decision to leave USC after one season and transfer to Michigan earlier this summer. He reportedly transferred and went through the process of seeking a medical hardship waiver, so that he could be closer to his home in Shorewood, Ill. as his mother worked through complications from a recent surgical procedure.
So why isn’t Issac being granted a waiver to play this season?
If you ask me, the, biggest obstacle for Isaac and Michigan right now is the distance between Isaac’s mother in Illinois and Michigan’s campus in Ann Arbor. You have to remember that Isaac’s mother lives in Shorewood, IL, which is about a 260-mile drive away from Ann Arbor. Since the NCAA generally limits waiver appeals like Isaac’s to schools within 100 miles of home, it makes thing a little more difficult for the two parties.
Now according to coach Hoke, the school is appealing the NCAA’s decision to not grant Issac eligibility, in the hope that Isaac will be declared eligible to play immediately at UM. However since filing the second appeal, there has no word on whether an answer will come prior to the season opener against Appalachian State Saturday.
I don’t know know about you but I honestly don’t see the Wolverines or Isaac winning this second appeal, for the main reasons I stated above.
Don’t get me wrong, it would be great to see Isaac in action this season and if the NCAA suddenly changes their mind, we very well could see him in action this season. However, I still believe that Isaac and the Wolverines will be fine even if he doesn’t get to play this season. The Wolverines have plenty of depth and talent at running back to succeed this season and while it would have been nice to see Isaac join that elite group on the field, I must say I look forward to seeing him action, whether it be now in the 2014 season or next season in 2015.
Think about it for minute. When it comes Isaac , you’re talking about the type of back who will immediately become a key contributor in the Wolverine’s offense, no matter when he gets on the field. Then when you add him with Derrick Green and De’Veon Smith, not to mention, Michigan commit and Detroit Cass Tech 2015 running back Mike Weber who will also join the Wolverines next season, you’re looking at four lethal running back backs who can perform at a high level for the Wolverines in 2015.
Again, I’m not saying that it wouldn’t be nice to see Isaac this season. However if Michigan has to wait until 2015 to get Issac on the field, just know that the Wolverines will be even more loaded at running back and possibly even more lethal.
According to reports, Hoke said it’s unclear how long it will take go receive a response from the NCAA, stating that “they don’t know how long (the appeal process) will take.” Nevertheless, if the appeal is denied, Isaac will sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules and have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015.
I don’t know about you but that sounds like a fair situation for the Wolverines. If his appeal is denied, Issac will sit out for 2014 season, but the bright side is of the appeal being denied is the fact that the fans will receive three years to witness Isaac’s impact and greatness.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit
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NCAA Denies Ty Isaac’s Hardship Waiver Request, Michigan Files Appeal was originally published on wchbnewsdetroit.com