Antoine Turner lost 70 pounds while homeless

Antoine TurnerBoise State recruit Antoine Turner is a promising defensive tackle. Not long ago, it was tough to classify him as a defensive lineman. Before Turner was given another chance by Fullerton College coach Tim Byrnes, he weighed just 220 pounds.

Turner redshirted in his first year at Fullerton and appeared in just five games as a second-year freshman. His grades became so poor that Byrnes had no choice but to dismiss Turner from the team. That’s when he started spiraling downward again. He briefly found work at a laundromat before ending up homeless.

“They kicked me off and my life was shambles,” Turner told the LA Times.

After that, Turner spent most of his nights thinking about suicide and sleeping on a picnic table at Anaheim’s La Palma Park. His weight dropped from 290 to 220 before he met girlfriend R’Mya DeMarrco and began turning his life around. Turner moved in with DeMarrco’s family, started eating again and put the weight back on. Byrnes then invited him back to Fullerton.

“He got stable,” Byrnes explained. “He’s figured out how to make it. He got another opportunity and he made it.”

Turner was still homeless as of earlier this week, but the NCAA has granted Boise State permission to begin helping him immediately. Everyone will be in Turner’s corner when he starts his playing career with the Broncos.

NCAA says Boise State can immediately help homeless Antoine Turner

Antoine TurnerThe NCAA has finally decided to act after a lot of public pressure and now they say Boise State may provide immediate assistance to Antoine Turner, an incoming football player.

The NCAA sent this tweet on Wednesday after Turner’s story began receiving attention this week:

As we covered earlier on Wednesday, Boise State fans wanted to help Turner, who has had a life of hardship. His mother died in Hurricane Katrina, his father is estranged, and he was no longer allowed to live with his uncle because of housing regulations. That led him to live with his girlfriend and sleep in motels or at the park.

A defensive end and transfer from Fullerton JC in California, Turner will now be able to receive assistance from Boise State in the form of immediate room and board, as he should.

Boise State fans can’t help homeless player Antoine Turner because of NCAA rules

Antoine-TurnerBoise State recruit Antoine Turner is currently homeless. He will not be officially enrolled at Boise State until he arrives on campus in June, so he is left to stay at motels and in his girlfriend’s car until the school year begins. And if you want to help him out, well, you can’t — NCAA rules prohibit it.

A segment that was aired on Boise’s KTVB 11 on Sunday evening documented Turner’s story, explaining to viewers how he stayed with his girlfriend last year while playing at Fullerton Junior College in California. He later moved in with his uncle but can no longer stay with him because of government housing regulations.

As you might expect, the story touched the hearts of many. Realizing that, the Boise State compliance office asked KTVB to air a memo urging fans to not provide Turner with any benefits.

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.

And this is why everyone hates the NCAA.

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