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NCAA: Boise State 'may provide immediate assistance' to homeless player

Boise State fans want to help Antoine Turner, but are afraid it'd put him in violation of NCAA rules. (Idaho Statesman/Getty Images) Boise State fans want to help Antoine Turner, but are afraid it'd put him in violation of NCAA rules. (Idaho Statesman/Getty Images)

The NCAA said on Wednesday that Boise State may provide "immediate assistance" for homeless football recruit Antoine Turner.

The Boise State compliance office sought to obtain a waiver from the NCAA that would allow the school to provide assistance to the recruit as he makes the transition from California, where he is set to graduate from Fullerton College in May, to Boise in time for classes on June 9.

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After a documentary aired on a local news station about Turner's upbringing in New Orleans -- from his mother’s death to Hurricane Katrina to alleged gang activities in which he became involved -- fans reached out seeking to provide him with financial help.

Per NCAA rules, however, players cannot benefit from any type of financial givings, monetary or otherwise. Once he arrives on campus at Boise State, he will receive full tuition, room and board and other essentials. 

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