Fans Help out Memphis' Brandon Hayes by Replacing Items Lost in Fire

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2013

Oct 12, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Memphis Tigers running back Brandon Hayes (38) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Houston Cougars at BBVA Compass Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Memphis running back Brandon Hayes' rental home caught fire last week, which damaged it and the items inside.

The Tigers were playing at Connecticut at the time of the fire, so Hayes was not harmed. However, some of his possessions were destroyed.

Thanks to the help of fans, Hayes has been able to replace the items that he lost in the fire.

According to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com, the NCAA approved only donations of items destroyed. That includes clothing and furniture. On Thursday, university officials said that the donations reached the NCAA limit.

The story continues to get better. The landlord will either have the house repaired or have a new rental available for Hayes when he comes back to campus after the holidays, according to a university spokesman.

Hayes ran for 860 yards and five touchdowns, along with two receiving touchdowns, to lead the Tigers in rushing this season and will reportedly petition the NCAA for a sixth season due to injuries.