Boise State granted request to help homeless recruit
MAY 14, 2014 11:45a ET
Antoine Turner is a 21-year-old football player who will transfer from Fullerton Junior College to Boise State in a little less than a month, where he'll get his full tuition picked up and a chance to continue playing football.
That's the great part of this story.
The other part is Turner is currently homeless in Southern California, and there's nothing Boise State or its fans can do to help.
They learned how he grew up in New Orleans and suffered through Hurricane Katrina and his mother dying when he was 4 years old. He made it to Fullerton, where he's spent the past year living out of motels and his girlfriend's car.
For a time, he found shelter with his uncle but government housing regulations forced him out. Now, he's passing time until he's scheduled to report to Boise State on June 6.
Sadly, the athletic department had to issue a statement because rigid NCAA rules prevent anyone affiiliated in any form with the Broncos to help. Boise State says it is looking into a waiver that would allow it to offer some assistance to Turner prior to him arriving on June 6, but it’s unclear if the NCAA will grant that request.
The statement reads:
We need to make it clear to your viewers and Bronco fans that it is NOT permissible within NCAA rules for boosters of Boise State athletics to provide benefits to Mr. Turner. That would include money, loans, gifts, discounts, transportation costs, etc.
While Mr. Turner’s need is abundantly clear, it is not permissible for Boise State, the athletics department or supporters of the athletics department to assist Mr. Turner at this time. Once Mr. Turner arrives on campus for the start of the summer school program, he will be well taken care of -- receiving full tuition, room and board, books, fees etc. In the meantime, the compliance office is exploring a potential waiver with the NCAA that would allow us to provide assistance prior to the start of summer school.
Below is KTVB's feature on Turner. For the written piece, click here.