Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/25/12

USC Trojans cornerback Isiah Wiley is academically ineligible for 2012. (Photo via 247Sports.com)

The USC Trojans have a little less finagling to do to get under the NCAA’s 75-man scholarship limit after senior cornerback Isiah Wiley was ruled academically ineligible for 2012.

Wiley was one of three players who had not practiced during fall camp while waiting for academic clearance. The other two players in questions, linebacker Marquis Simmons and cornerback Brian Bauchum, are eligible this year.

Wiley transferred to USC from junior college prior to the 2011 season. He seized the starting role partway through the year when cornerbacks Torin Harris and Anthony Brown both went out with injuries.

Brown, a redshirt sophomore, is now in line to start opposite Nickell Robey while Harris recovers from a hamstring injury.

Wiley has a redshirt year remaining and could sit out this year and return to the Trojans in 2013 but because he is no longer on academic scholarship, he would be responsible for his own tuition. ESPN’s Pedro Moura speculated that it would be more likely for Wiley to either transfer to another junior college and redshirt while working to bring his grades up, or transfer to a school with a lower level football program.

Trojans’ head coach Lane Kiffin played down the impact of losing Wiley, who has not participated in any preseason practices.

“The blow is not as big, I think, because of the way that we went about it,” he said.

Operating under reduced scholarships due to NCAA sanctions, the Trojans are fortunate to have Simmons and Bauchum available this season. Simmons missed most of last season after suffering a neck injury that required surgery, while Bauchum was academically ineligible in 2011.

“Any time that your numbers are where ours are at, every small win we can get is big,” Kiffin said.

It might have been a loss for Wiley, but it’s a big win for the former USC walk-ons whose scholarships were in question while the team waited to see how close it came to the 75-man limit. Those players’ scholarships will all be renewed.

USC must have its roster at or below 75 scholarship players by Monday, Aug. 27, the first day of the fall semester, and while Kiffin has declined to discuss specifics, the team is expected to be a few spots below that limit.

The only player whose status is in question is incoming freshman Darreus Rogers, who has not practiced while waiting for clearance through the NCAA’s Eligibility Center.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Yasiel Puig, Justin Turner team up for hilarious rendition of total eclipse

WATCH: Odell Beckham Jr. leaves game after low hit to his leg

Multiple Cleveland Browns players kneel during anthem

Army-Navy to play at the Meadowlands on 20-year anniversary of 9/11

Beckham stared straight at eclipse, can still see his 'haters'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

LeBron downplays Griffin's comments about him going to NY

Broncos coach calls Siemian 'permanent' starting QB

Report: MLB threatened to fine umps over protest wristbands

Report: Goodell close to signing five-year extension with NFL

Mark Davis: Raiders have won fight for Los Angeles

Mayweather reportedly furious Bieber is distancing himself

The 'Anquan Boldin calls it a career' quiz

15 college football coaches who are on the hot seat

Getaway Day: The playing field is leveling off as the wild-card chase takes shape

Sports & Politics Intersect: Echoes of Charlottesville ripple across the sports world

BIG3 Playoff Preview: Can anyone stop Trilogy?

The 'Bye bye to the Beast Incarnate?' quiz

Why the SEC is not the best football conference anymore

Box Score 8/18: Reds and Cubs claw through a 23-run game

The 'M! E! S! S! Mess! Mess! Mess!' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Giancarlo Stanton won't stop hitting homers

NFL shifts blame for Zeke suspension to police and NFLPA

Box Score 8/17: Interleague games bring the fireworks

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Anquan Boldin calls it a career' quiz

Getaway Day: The playing field is leveling off as the wild-card chase takes shape

Sports & Politics Intersect: Echoes of Charlottesville ripple across the sports world

BIG3 Playoff Preview: Can anyone stop Trilogy?

The 'Bye bye to the Beast Incarnate?' quiz

Why the SEC is not the best football conference anymore

The 'M! E! S! S! Mess! Mess! Mess!' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Giancarlo Stanton won't stop hitting homers

NFL shifts blame for Zeke suspension to police and NFLPA

The 'Forget Calvin, bring back Jerry' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker