Local: 503.250.1080
    Toll Free: 866.358.1080
| More
College Football
Scoreboard|Standings|Teams|Leaders|Polls

Boise State gets OK to help homeless player

(AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) 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.

Boise State received clearance Wednesday from the NCAA to reach out to Turner and offer support.

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.

"I thought I was going to get away from my problems, but they just had started," Turner told the station. "About a year after I came out here, I actually couldn't take it no more. At one time I had the feeling of suicide. I couldn't fight no more."

An uncle gave him a place to stay in government subsidized housing, until an issue 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.

Since the story broke, Boise State fans have been quick to offer food and shelter for Turner, but that could jeopardize his playing status.

The school talked to the NCAA about it and the governing body responded on its Twitter account by announcing: "After Boise State's request last night, the school may provide immediate assistance to football student-athlete Antoine Turner."

Turner had 34 tackles and six sacks as a redshirt sophomore last season. He also had an interception.

---

Information from: KTVB-TV, http://www.ktvb.com/

---

Information from: KTVB-TV, http://www.ktvb.com/

Updated May 14, 2014

126 © 2014 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

The Fan's Top Stories

Blazers extend run to 9 behind Matthews


(AP) Wesley Matthews said he had a funny feeling on the way to the arena that his shooting slump might be coming to end. Call it a shooter's instinct. Matthews scored . . . more.

Mariota focused on the Civil War rivalry


(AP) Marcus Mariota says he hasn't made up his mind about what he's doing next season. It really doesn't matter because there's still plenty of work to do this season. The first item on the agenda . . . more.

Portland State fires Burton


(AP) Portland State has fired coach Nigel Burton after a 3-9 record this season. The Big Sky Conference's Vikings are 21-36 in five years with Burton at the helm. More.

Ducks #2 in unchanged college top 4


(AP) Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State remained the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday heading into . . .more.

The FAN's NFL Page


Follow your favorite teams and players - for stats, previews, recaps and realtime gamecasts, make The FAN's NFL Page your pro football destination.

Stanford's top playmaker to sit out vs. UCLA


(AP) The challenge for Stanford's struggling offense just got a little more difficult this week. The Cardinal will be without top playmaker Ty Montgomery for the regular-season finale at No. 9 UCLA on Friday. More.

The FAN's College Football Page


Ducks, Beavers, Pac-12, you name it! For the latest stories and real time scores, head to The FAN's college football page here.

Pac-12: replay crew erred in Stanford-Cal game


(AP) The Pac-12 Conference says its replay crew made two errors during Stanford's 38-17 win at California on Saturday. The officiating crew overturned a Cal touchdown . . . more.