After patiently waiting, we know that Michigan running back Ty Isaac will not play for the Michigan Wolverines this season. Michigan coach Brady Hoke confirmed the news during Wednesday during a media presser that the NCAA has denied Isaac’s medical hardship waiver appeal.
“It didn’t go through,” Hoke said at a press conference at Schembechler Hall.
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.
The NCAA denied his initial request to skip the mandatory one-year waiting period for transfer players in late August and now they have denied his appeal.
I can’t say I’m surprised. In my previous article, I stated that biggest obstacle for Isaac and Michigan in this situation was 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 made thing a little more difficult for the two parties.
While I admit it would have been nice to see Isaac in action this season. It’s not the end of the world. I said from the beginning that he would be fine, regardless of whether he plays in 2014 or 2015. Now, that we know he will officially be eligible in 2015, it actually make Michigan’s running game even more intriguing to watch next year.
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.
So will Isaac have to sit out this season? Yes, unfortunately he will. However, with Isaac sitting out this season per NCAA transfer rules, he will 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. Issac will sit out for 2014 season, but the bright side is of the appeal being denied is the fact that fans will receive three years to witness Isaac’s impact and greatness.
At the end of the day, it’s all about how you handle the news your given and adjust to it. Isaac can use this time wisely and become a better student in the classroom and on the field. According to coach Hoke, Isaac has taken the news well and is using his time as a scout-team back wisely.
“He’s handled it great,” Hoke said. “He’s our scout running back, one of the two guys who fill that role. He had a great day (Tuesday). From an attitude standpoint he’s been awesome.”
Isaac ran for 236 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries during his freshman year with the Trojans. At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, Issaac already has good size and speed to break long runs. Then when you add that with his very smooth elusiveness to make defenders miss and the fact that he has the ability to be a receiver out of the backfield. I think it’s safe to say that Michigan has a winner here, they just have to wait until 2015 to get him on the field.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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