NCAA Gives Boise State the OK to Help Homeless Football Player
The NCAA says Boise State can immediately assist a homeless football recruit who signed to play with the team in February.
Antoine Turner said in an interview with KTVB-TV in Boise that he’s recently been living in a motel, along with a car belonging to his girlfriend, as he finishes up classes at Fullerton College in California.
After graduating from Fullerton, the defensive tackle is scheduled to take summer school classes at Boise State, where he will live in the dorm and have a meal plan.
Turner grew up in New Orleans and told the station his mom died of cancer when he was young, putting a strain on the relationship with his father. He moved around throughout his childhood.
He said football helped him and that he “brought a suitcase and a dream” with him to California. But he didn’t have any money or help from his family back home. He lived wherever he could find.
An uncle gave him a place to stay in government subsidized housing, until an issue with regulations recently arose. He’s been sleeping in motels and anywhere else ever since.
Officials for Boise State said they didn’t realize how bad things had gotten for Turner until the television report. They were in contact with him, but the football coaches had no idea he was homeless.
Turner had 34 tackles and six sacks as a redshirt sophomore last season. He also had an interception.