The Trojans will be without the services of corner Isiah Wiley this season, as Coach Lane Kiffin has confirmed that the senior is academically ineligible for 2012.
Wiley was a big part of the USC defense a year ago, as the junior transfer started the final six games of the year for the Trojans, after injuries to Torin Harris and Anthony Brown opened the door at corner. He totaled 39 tackles in his first season in Division I, and was credited with a fumble recovery in the Trojans’ win over Oregon at Autzen Stadium.
Throughout Fall Camp, Kiffin and company had been awaiting word on a short list of players, including Wiley, fellow corner Brian Baucham and linebacker Marquis Simmons. Of the three, only Wiley has been listed ineligible, as Baucham and Simmons were cleared today, per Kiffin.
It’s a considerable blow for the Trojans to be without Wiley, as he was at his best last season when the Trojans were starting to hit their stride. The junior had 11 tackles against Stanford, and was set to be the starter opposite of Nickell Robey after cementing his status in spring ball.
Without Wiley, Torin Harris will start at corner, with Anthony Brown backing him up, and Baucham now in the mix for depth.