This is what passes for “some benevolence” by the NCAA these days.
A little bit of a kerfuffle arose back in May of 2014 when it was reported that the NCAA would not allow Boise State to provide assistance to Antoine Turner, a Broncos defensive tackle who was essentially homeless when not enrolled in classes. The Association reversed course a short time later, ruling that BSU could “provide immediate assistance to [the] football student-athlete.”
Turner went on to play in 13 games in the 2014 season. Shortly before the start of the 2015 season, however, a potential eligibility issue in regards to Turner was discovered and the player sat out the year while the situation was investigated. Just what the specific eligibility issue was that caused the probe wasn’t detailed.
That investigation found that, because of what was described only as a “transfer eligibility matter stemming from his time in junior college,” Turner never should have been eligible to play in that 2014 season. However, because there was, as determined by the NCAA, no way for BSU to have prior knowledge of the issue, The Association decided that the university would face no sanctions, including no forfeiture of games in which Turner played.
That’s sweet. I guess here’s where the “some” comes into play.
Turner, though, was “rendered permanently ineligible” by the NCAA.
It’s a moot point, since the kid is on track to graduate this summer. But it’s always nice to tie up those potential loose ends, ain’t it?