NCAA Rules Restrict Boise State Fans From Helping Out Homeless Football Player

Antoine Turner will  be joining the Boise State football team this summer. After Antoine Turner did a TV news segment about his life that mentioned that he is homeless until summer school begins many Boise State fans wanted to help. Shortly after the news aired the story Boise State issued a statement warning fans to not help Turner. Helping him would violate NCAA policy.

From a Boise State compliance office note to 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.

 

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