NCAA rules restrict fans from helping homeless athlete

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by Jay Tust

KREM.com

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 4:48 PM

BOISE -- Since “A Suitcase and a Dream,” the life story about future Boise State football player Antoine Turner aired on KTVB on Sunday, May 11, a number of viewers have reached out asking if they can assist the 21-year-old who is currently homeless.

NCAA rules prohibit most types of help, especially from fans. A violation could affect Turner’s eligibility at Boise State.

The following is a note from Boise State compliance:

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 compliance

Antoine Turner was originally supposed to arrive in Boise on June 6 and begin taking summer classes on June 9.

He is obligated to stay in California until May 23 when he graduates from Fullerton College.

Antoine told KTVB sports director Jay Tust that a pair of Boise State officials reached out to him on Monday. Antoine will now move to Idaho a week earlier than originally planned. While details are still being figured out, the new plan is for Antoine to come to Boise on either May 31 or June 1.
 

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