College Football Fans Can't Help Homeless Player Because of NCAA Rules
Boise State fans who want to help a recruit who is homeless cannot do so because of NCAA regulations. The university has requested a waiver from the NCAA to help Antoine Turner, who will be homeless until he gets on campus in June.
As the Sporting News noted, Turner has had to overcome a lot in his life. His "mother died of cancer when he was 4 in New Orleans. He bounced around with different families in the area until Hurricane Katrina hit the city." He then "ended up at Fullerton Junior College in California and lived with his girlfriend’s family for more than a year. He then "moved in with his uncle later" until "government housing regulations forced him out."
He reportedly lost 70 lbs while sleeping on a park bench, "but regained weight when he moved in with his girlfriend’s family."
“Wake up, survive,” Turner said of his mindset. “Go to sleep, survive. Wake up, survive.”
After Turner was profiled in a segment titled "a suitcase and a dream," there was an outpouring of support from fans who wanted to give him a hand up before he arrives on campus. But the university had "to make it clear it was doing what it could" but "fans are not allowed to help Turner":
“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.”