NCAA issues special waiver that allows Boise State to assist homeless recruit, Antoine Turner

NCAA issues special waiver that allows Boise State to assist homeless recruit, Antoine Turner

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The NCAA ruled today that Boise State University can provide immediate assistance to one of its recruits, Antoine Turner, who has been homeless and living out of a car.

Here’s the NCAA’s announcement, via Twitter:

Turner’s plight became public on Sunday when KTVB-TV in Boise did a story on his  situation:

Of course, there were immediate offers of help. But after that story ran, Boise State was fearful that offering help to Turner would lead to NCAA violations that the school issued a warning, via KTVB:

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

It’s good so see that the NCAA came to its senses.