Homeless Future Boise State Player May Get Special Waiver

May 13 2014, 5:01pm CDT | by , in News

Homeless Future Boise State Player May Get Special Waiver
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The University Is Searching For A Way To Allow Him To Come To Boise Early

Boise State recruit Antoine Turner is currently homeless, though the school can't do anything to help Turner until he officially arrives on campus in June.

Turner's story was documented Sunday evening by Boise's KTVB News Channel 7. After the special aired, Boise State's compliance office sent out a letter advising fans to not assist Turner because it was against NCAA rules.

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

The 6-3" 280lb Defensive Lineman has had a long journey since childhood.  He lost his mother early on in life and had to cope with family issues ever since.  Then, after hurricane Katrina struck he moved into a rundown part of the ghetto for the rest of his time in high school.  He was tasked to be a runner for gangs and other various people who needed drugs or other contraband supplied around the area.

"My mom died when I was four of cancer. I had this big of a hole in my heart,” said an emotional Turner.

He then took a suitcase and his dream of playing football to a community college in California.  He went from 290lbs down to 220lbs while being homeless for a year sleeping on a park bench.  He had to survive without any support from home.

Antoine Turner was originally suppose 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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