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Ty Isaac’s Transfer from USC May Lack Restrictions, Allowing a Move to Notre Dame

When news of Ty Isaac’s transfer first broke earlier this week, Notre Dame and Michigan were the first two schools to come to mind as possible suitors for the five-star running back. Both recruited him heavily out of Illinois’s Joliet Catholic, and were considered possible destinations for a flip after Isaac’s plans to enroll early in the spring of 2013 fell through.

Right now they are a team I can’t talk to. That might change. –Isaac

While Notre Dame made sense due to past recruiting ties, it raised questions, given that they’re USC’s arch rival in football.

Plus, the Trojans have prohibited quarterback Max Wittek from transferring to any school on their future schedule, barring him from making a move to South Bend.

For Isaac however, Notre Dame could actually be in play as it was for running back Amir Carlisle two years ago.

In an interview by Mike Helfgot of the Chicago Tribune, Issac mentions that USC may have shot themselves in the foot, leaving the Fighting Irish a loophole with which to try and snag him.

“Right now they are a team I can’t talk to,” said Isaac, a former five-star recruit who rushed for 236 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries as a freshman. “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.”

The process could get much longer regardless of where Isaac ultimately decides to go, as it’s expected that he’ll seek a hardship waiver. Isaac is looking to get closer to his family in Illinois.

If the NCAA deems it worthy of granting a waiver, he would be eligible this upcoming season and retain his redshirt.

In addition to Notre Dame, potential landing spots for Isaac include Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. The running back told the Chicago Tribune that he doesn’t have a top list, but is considering schools in the Big Ten.

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  • Brandan

    I can’t be the only one hoping Sark and Clay are scrambling to get Damien Harris and Soso Jamabo in for a visit right now. Actually its less of a hope and more of a plea.

  • Rick

    I hope the NCAA looks into this, whether Isaac really has family issues at such an extent allowing for a hardship claim ?

    If it truly is a hardship issue then I wish him the best where ever he goes !

    If it isn’t, then he “must” sit out a year of eligibility !

    And signing on with ND ?

    Has a former Trojan ever done that ??

    If Isaac does sign with Notre Dame then delete him “completely” from the Trojan annals because there’s a 6 letter word that I’m not going to spell out here…


  • RF Lee

    “Issac’s mother had ear surgery and can not fly to see her son play in the future” is what one media outlet states. So, like Rick says, is this REALLY a hardship issue?

    Ty stated he thoroughly enjoyed his time at USC. If he really bleeds C&G, then he will sign with a Big Ten university and shun nd.

    Rick: Amir Carlisle transferred to nd (Family reason: his football coach father became an assistant for Purdue. So my question to Amir is why not go to Purdue?) BTW, he had very little affect against USC so far.

    I agree if he signs with nd, then he should NOT be any in annuls of Trojan lore.

    FIGHT ON! Win Forever!

    • Tool Box

      Carlisle dropped one pass in the season opener and hasn’t cracked the 3 deep at RB since. They have used him sparingly in KR and as a slot receiver.

  • Tool Box

    Issac is not going to ND. They have two RBs from the same class that were as heavily recruited as Isaac in Tarean Folston and Greg Bryant. Bryant was rated the highest of the three coming out of HS and retains his redshirt due to injury. Folston was dynamic in his freshman season. Isaac is extremely talented, but at best Iaasac would have to share carries with a team that very deep at his position. Even a back as talented as Amir Carlisle doesn’t get any carries at ND.

    Not that Isaac wouldn’t be a great addition to any team, its just that RB is a particularly deep position at ND.