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Ex-USC RB looking to go B1G in transfer

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It’s remains unclear to which school Ty Isaac will transfer after leaving USC earlier in the week. The running back did, though, allow that one conference in particular is the current front-runner for his services.

“I wouldn’t say I have a top three, but I’m looking at Big Ten schools that are close to where I live,” the running back told the Chicago Tribune.

The Joliet, Ill., native left the Trojans in order to play closer to his ailing mother.  According to the player, his mother is having complications after undergoing a surgical procedure to correct a hearing loss.

Michigan has already been in contact, Isaac said, as has Illinois. Isaac opted to sign with the Trojans over a final three that included the Wolverines and Notre Dame.

The Irish would also be a consideration for Isaac, although the back told the Tribune that one of the stipulations on his release from USC is that he’s not permitted to transfer to Notre Dame. The Trojans didn’t single out the Irish, however, as Isaac is restricted from transferring to any team on its schedule.

Isaac is, though, holding out hope that he can get around that restriction on a technicality and at least consider the South Bend school.

“Right now they are a team I can’t talk to,” Isaac told the paper. “That might change. (USC) might have missed the deadline to give restrictions. If they did I would consider it. … I definitely don’t want it to be a dragged-out process. I want to figure out where I’m going to be next year and get to work.”

Because of his mother’s health, Isaac will seek a waiver that would grant him immediate eligibility in 2014.

As a true freshman in 2013, Isaac rushed for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 40 carries. Coming out of high school, Isaac was a five-star recruit rated as the No. 4 back in the country and the No. 27 player at any position in the country.

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5 Responses to “Ex-USC RB looking to go B1G in transfer”
  1. tampabayirish says: May 16, 2014 1:20 PM

    It is absolutely criminal that there are any restrictions are where these kids can transfer.

  2. Professor Fate says: May 16, 2014 4:20 PM

    I find it rather embarrassing that USC would restrict a transfer’s school choice. It seems petty and classless. By the way, as a lifelong Trojan fan I hate ND, but TBIrish is right: Why does a school get to dictate where someone plays after they’ve already departed your institution? The NCAA continues to suck on an epic scale.

  3. arrogantnation says: May 16, 2014 7:27 PM

    It’s extremely common for teams to release players with the restriction that they can’t transfer to a team that they play in the upcoming year. Don’t see it as a big deal that he can’t play at Notre Dame at all.

  4. addict2sport says: May 16, 2014 8:12 PM

    I’m guessing USC “‘missed the deadline” intentionally to allow him to transfer anywhere. They allowed the last RB who transferred to enroll there.

  5. mattacc31 says: May 17, 2014 1:48 PM

    I’m ok with him not being able to go to ND. Your NLI/scholarship are a contract which bind you to a school(and for people that point to coaches moving around, they are also penalized by buy-outs). But you generally know that when you go to a school that in the future if you want to transfer you aren’t going to be allowed to transfer in-conference or to a team on that school’s schedule.

    Also ND isn’t the closest distance school to his home in Joliet, IL. That would be Northwestern which is about half the distance South Bend is. And I doubt ND fans would be happy with someone like Greg Bryant transferring to USC.

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