ANN ARBOR - Michigan football coach Brady Hoke said today that the NCAA denied the initial waiver request that would allow running back Ty Isaac to immediately play.
Hoke said Michigan appealed the ruling last week for Isaac, who transferred from Southern California to Michigan earlier this summer to be closer to his family in Joliet, Ill.
USC released the 6-foot-3, 225-pound tailback from his scholarship in May.
Isaac, a former five-star recruit, ran for 236 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries for the Trojans in 2013, his first season of college football.
Isaac is not immediately eligible to play at Michigan, as NCAA rules require him to sit out a year without a hardship waiver, which would grant immediate eligibility.
The NCAA typically grants hardship waivers if a player transfers to a school within 100 miles of his hometown. Michigan’s campus is more than 250 miles east of Joliet, Ill.