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NCAA Won't Allow Fans to Help Homeless Football Player (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Antoine Turner has a scholarship to play football for Boise State University.

The future college football player is homeless, but fans are not allowed to help him because of NCAA rules.

A broadcast about Turner and his situation aired on KTVB on Sunday, prompting numerous fans to ask how they could help (video below).

However, Boise State University issued a statement 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."

If that wasn't bad enough, Boise State University also says that NCAA rules don't allow help from non-fans unless they knew Turner before he became homeless and before the TV broadcast.

"The only people who could help him are people with logical ties to Antoine before your story was made public," said Boise State University.

While Turner is homeless, the NCAA is poised to make $1 billion dollars this year on the backs of amateur athletes, noted The Indy Star.

Turner, who is currently living in California and attending Fullerton College, has to stay in the Golden State until May 23 when he graduates. Then, somehow, he must make it to Boise by May 31 or June 1 to start summer classes.

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Housing Institute, many counties and cities in California have criminalized homelessness so it is possible Turner could get arrested before he ever leaves the state.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Turner's mother died when he was 4 years old and he was living with his uncle, but had to leave that shelter because of government housing regulations.

Sources: The Los Angeles Times, National Coalition for the Homeless, National Housing Institute, KTVB, The Indy Star