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NCAA: Boise State ‘may provide immediate assistance’ for Antoine Turner

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Finally, common sense has prevailed and the NCAA is (gasp!) actually doing the right thing.

Yesterday it was reported that, because of archaic bylaws, Boise State could not provide assistance to Antoine Turner, a Broncos defensive tackle who is essentially homeless when not enrolled in classes.  the university appealed to the NCAA for a waiver that would allow them to, ya know, be human beings and assist Turner with his situation.

Wednesday afternoon, The Association took to Twitter to announce its decision.

Blind squirrel, here’s your nut.

While the NCAA deserves a pat on the back — even as it was a no-brainer — for the decision, it’s a sad state of affairs when the public in general is surprised when The Association does the decent, honorable thing.

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6 Responses to “NCAA: Boise State ‘may provide immediate assistance’ for Antoine Turner”
  1. biggestredmiami says: May 14, 2014 2:29 PM

    The public in general is surprised, but happy the NCAA did the right thing. They are definitely feeling the pressure.

  2. woebegong says: May 14, 2014 2:39 PM

    I am glad but a little more than surprised that the NCAA did the right thing. This kid deserves a chance in life and it sounds like he has had more than his fair share of bad luck. Now it is up to him to work hard, study hard and show he deserves the chance he has been given.

  3. sportsguy3434 says: May 14, 2014 3:05 PM

    Another black eye for the NCAA…although a little more short lived. Glad the kid has help now

  4. Straight Cash Homie says: May 14, 2014 3:40 PM

    I know the previous article said boosters/supporters of Boise State can’t donate anything to this kid but what about individuals that are not affiliated with the university? I am in no way, shape, or form affiliated with BSU, hell I have never even been that far north, but I would love to do something for this kid.

  5. longborer69 says: May 15, 2014 3:08 AM

    Coverage on this has been poor.

    Boise State finds out about it, appeals to the NCAA, NCAA within a day gives a waiver. So why is everybody bashing the NCAA?

    Those rules are there for a reason, so rich schools and their boosters can’t buy (I mean, “provide aid for”) all the best players. They are good rules, unless you think only the richest schools should ever have a chance to compete. Otherwise, we’ll be hearing about how every five star recruit has special financial needs, “and we were just helping him.” Come on.

    And there should be waivers in special cases like this, and there was. It would be nice if someone would explain exactly what is wrong with the NCAA response on this. I’m willing to learn. I don’t get it at all. Seems like they’ve done exactly what they should have — received a request for a waiver because of a special situation and acted on it quickly.

    I hate the NCAA as much as anyone. I think Emmert is scum. Well, he’s a Washington Husky, so that’s the same thing. :) But the rules on this are reasonable as long as waivers are available for special situations, and the waivers don’t take forever to process.

    Man, this is a horrible day for me. Earlier I agreed with Saban, and now I’m defending the NCAA. I need to go take a shower.

  6. florida727 says: May 15, 2014 4:00 PM

    Well stated, JT. Scoreboard:

    NCAA Reasonable: 1
    NCAA Unreasonable: oh heck, you get the idea… :)

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