Ty Isaac transferred from USC to Michigan in order to be closer to his mother in Illinois. She recently lost her hearing, and Isaac wants to be near so that he can see her more often and make sure she's OK.
A lot of times, moving closer does the trick and the player gets to play.
However, Ann Arbor may not be close enough, according to MLive.com's Nick Baumgardner, who reports that the 6'3", 230-pounder's hardship waiver request was denied this past week by the NCAA (per Brady Hoke).
But Hoke said that the team plans to appeal, so there is a small chance that Isaac could see action with Team 135 this fall, which opens its season Saturday against Appalachian State.
If Isaac isn't cleared soon, he'll have to sit out 2014 and wait for next year. But he'll have three years of remaining eligibility.