A local television station recently did a news segment about Turner's tough life. He grew up in New Orleans and lost his mother to cancer at the age of four. Furthermore, he was forced to evacuate the area when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Turner has little contact with his father. And he has been bouncing around trying to find a roof over his head for some time now.
Naturally, the story spurred many Boise State supporters to lend their hand to provide help. But their good intentions were quickly diffused after the school issued a statement warning fans not to help Turner because it would violate NCAA policy.
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.
The NCAA is just awful.
Update: The NCAA has succumb to public pressure and is now allowing Boise State to give assistance to Turner.
After Boise State's request last night, the school may provide immediate assistance to football student-athlete Antoine Turner.Via For the Win
— NCAA (@NCAA) May 14, 2014