Boise State granted request to help homeless recruit
Update: After Boise State requested permission to provide assistance to Turner, the NCAA granted that request on Wednesday. The post below remains as it was originally written.
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.
Recently, a feature ran on local TV in Boise, Idaho, telling Turner's story to Bronco supporters who will see him on the field this fall.
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:
Below is KTVB's feature on Turner. For the written piece, click here.