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Boise State looking for waiver to help homeless player

There are certain times when a football program has the ability to do the right thing but must jump through hoops to be able to do it. Boise State is currently looking to get a waiver from the NCAA in order to help out a recruit who is currently without a home.

Antoine Turner is a 21-year old football player that has been on the move for much of his life. Turner left New Orleans, where he moved around between different families following his mother’s death until the region was washed out by Hurricane Katrina. He then found himself involved in gang activity as a courier of sorts. Turner went on to attend a junior college in California where he lived with his girlfriend’s family before moving in with his uncle. Unfortunately for Turner, government housing regulations are going to force Turner to find another new home.

According to Boise State’s compliance office, no fans or outside parties are allowed to make any donations or lend any financial assistance to Turner, as doing so is a violation of NCAA rules. In a memo to KTVB, a local television station that aired a feature on Turner, the compliance office explained the situation;

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.

Boise State is working to do what the school can to help Turner, who says he is preparing to move to Boise and get started with summer courses. Here’s hoping the waiver works out and Turner’s dream can continue to come true.

Helmet sticker to Dr. Saturday.

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11 Responses to “Boise State looking for waiver to help homeless player”
  1. woebegong says: May 13, 2014 2:32 PM

    If the NCAA is too rigid to allow this kid to receive some outside help, then it truly is time to do away with the NCAA.

  2. dietrich43 says: May 13, 2014 2:35 PM

    The NCAA do the right thing? lmao. Turner should just sell his autograph and hide the cash – that would earn him, at most, a 30 minute benching against Rice.

  3. thraiderskin says: May 13, 2014 2:41 PM

    Whatever Boise State decides should be fine… as long as they don’t let him sleep on the floor.

  4. djshnooks says: May 13, 2014 3:35 PM

    The NCAA is a joke.

    Let’s not help these kids who make us millions, upon billions of dollars.

    I’d love to see what would happen if that were a relative of the NCAA president.

  5. marooncat79 says: May 13, 2014 3:37 PM

    That is why I detest the NCAA. They never get anything right. I live in Indpls and will literally dance on their grave just exactly fr crap like this.

    For you people who continually defend the NCAA, please tell me how as a person that you can defens this action?

    The NCAA is clueless and should be pimp slapped into submission

  6. wgward says: May 13, 2014 6:37 PM

    No brainer, NCAA

  7. seanb20124 says: May 13, 2014 6:54 PM

    Why can’t he live in the athletes dorm? What am I missing?

  8. manik56 says: May 14, 2014 1:09 AM

    Dorm? Meal plan? Is he not on scholership? Can’t find a cheap apartment and a part time job in Boise for the summer?

  9. jackvcr says: May 14, 2014 2:06 AM

    Never been dirt poor, have you, Manik56? Count your blessings…

  10. chalkruz1989 says: May 14, 2014 11:26 AM

    Manik56: you should learn to read.

    The article clearly states:

    “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.”

    I understand why the NCAA has regulations but why can they not understand that sometimes, everything isn’t black and white. I understand why it’s wrong for a booster to give a kid a house or new car, but what’s wrong with providing a child in need with the basic necessities?

  11. kaspauf says: May 14, 2014 1:26 PM

    Jameis can steal crab legs (breaking the law) and it is not a NCAA violation but giving this kid a place to sleep because he is about to be homeless is?

    Ball is in your court Mark Emmert, we know you wont make the right decision.

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