NCAA Rules Don’t Allow Help for Homeless Player
That is according to NCAA rules. A documentary aired on a local Boise TV station which prompted the NCAA to send a reminder to the school.
“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.”
Luckily, he starts school at Boise State in June. Until then, Yahoo! Sports reports that he will stay in motels when he has the money and stay in his girlfriend’s car when he can’t afford it.
It’s a terribly sad situation and it’s a shame that the NCAA can’t bend the rules to help this player out. June is less than a month away but there has to be something that can be done before then.
For more on this story visit: Nick Bromberg, Yahoo Sports