Antoine Turner is a defensive lineman transferring to Boise State from junior college this fall. He’s also homeless until the next school semester starts.
Turner was living with his uncle in government subsidized housing until he was evicted. Now, he is bouncing around between his girlfriend’s car and motels (when he has the money to afford it). After a story from Idaho’s KTVB aired last week, Boise State fans started a campaign to pay for Turner’s housing until he started at the school.
There was one problem though. The well-intentioned efforts of the fans would violate NCAA bylaws, which would result in Boise State and Turner being subjected to fines and suspension. As such, Boise State sent out the following message to supporters:
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.
Earlier this afternoon, the NCAA decided to grant Turner and Boise States such a waiver, that it’s ok for Turner to not be homeless.
Here’s the original television report from KTVB: