Senior quarterback Brent Pease of the University of Montana doe
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) _ Senior quarterback Brent Pease of the University of Montana does not qualify under National Collegiate Athletic Association hardship rules and will not be granted another year of eligibility, university officials said.
The decision was announced in a news release Wednesday by Montana Athletic Director Harley Lewis and Art Graham, the school’s NCAA faculty representative.
″The NCAA is very explicit in Division I about hardships and Brent’s case won’t be considered,″ Graham said.
Pease had sought a fifth year of eligibility because of his limited participation in football while a freshman in junior college.
″Generally, student athletes may compete for four years in intercollegiate athletics, but there is an exception for those who suffer a disabling injury or illness during the early part of the season,″ Graham said.
″Brent only competed in two games as a freshman in junior college, but it was not the result of injury or illness.″
Pease led Montana to its first winning season in four years and set school passing records with 241 of 440 passes for 30 touchdowns and 3,056 yards. He led the Big Sky Conference in total offense.
Grizzly Coach Don Read had hoped to have Pease back next year and said another year at Montana would help Pease’s chances in the professional football draft.