Transfer Shaw plays waiting game

There has been no ruling from the NCAA on the hardship waiver request filed by Trojans defensive back Josh Shaw.

Shaw transferred to USC from Florida two months ago and enrolled for the spring semester. He applied for a family hardship waiver to move closer to home due to his grandfather’s illness. If Shaw is granted the waiver he would be eligible to play for the Trojans in 2012 without having to sit out a year as a transfer.

The NCAA announced Thursday that former USC running back Amir Carlisle was granted the ability to play immediately for Notre Dame, so that should be a sign that a ruling on Shaw could be coming soon. Carlisle announced he would be transferring to Notre Dame on Jan. 7, while Shaw announced he was headed for USC on Jan. 10.

Those announcement dates don't automatically mean the waivers were submitted at that time, but it gives a sense that the Shaw paperwork probably was filed shortly after Carlisle's. If that was the case, a Shaw ruling could come as soon as next week.

Shaw has not been taking part in spring ball activities with the Trojans, as USC head coach Lane Kiffin said he was being held out due to a back injury. During offseason throwing sessions, Shaw took reps at both cornerback and safety while saying it was unclear which position he would play for the Trojans.