Hardship waiver for Ty Isaac denied, Michigan appealing the ruling

Hardship waiver for Ty Isaac denied, Michigan appealing the ruling

Michigan wants former five-star recruit RB Ty Isaac to play immediately. However, the NCAA has initially denied the request.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Wednesday that Isaac's hardship waiver request was declined by the NCAA. Had Isaac been granted a hardship waiver, he could have been eligible to play immediately.

"[Isaac], the waiver got denied initially, and then we appealed," Hoke said via The Wolverine. "Today is Wednesday. We probably appealed last week, midweek. You don't know how long it will take."

Isaac announced his intention to transfer to Michigan from USC in June. Isaac is from Joliet, Ill., and his mother underwent surgery for hearing loss. She's unable to fly because of the surgery. It's a 30-hour drive from Joliet to Los Angeles.

However, the rules of the hardship waiver for an ill family member, among other specifications, state that the school the player is transferring to must be within a 100-mile radius of the family member. Michigan's campus is not within that radius.

The NCAA could be doing away with an immediate eligibility hardship waiver in the future. When the NCAA voted on rules changes in April, a proposal was made that would grant players who get a hardship waiver an additional year at the end of their careers to make up for sitting out a year rather than granting hardship transfers immediate eligibility. From June 2012 to June 2013, 127 of 236 hardship transfer waivers were approved by the NCAA.

Isaac was the No. 4 running back in the class of 2013 according to Rivals and the No. 27 prospect overall.

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