On Tuesday, a story came out about a Boise State JUCO commit named Antoine Turner, who is homeless until the start of summer classes. Broncos fans obviously wanted to find out how they could help, but the school asked them not to, since it would be against NCAA rules.
It announced that it would apply for a waiver to provide special assistance to Turner:
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.
Outrage obviously followed, because people were angry this kind of situation even required a waiver in the first place. Our own Boise State site, One Bronco Nation Under God, wrote that the "NCAA just can't get it right."
However, waiver process and all, the NCAA announced on Wednesday that Boise State will be able to provide Turner with assistance:
After Boise State's request last night, the school may provide immediate assistance to football student-athlete Antoine Turner.
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) May 14, 2014