Quarterback's mother says plans are up in the air

Monday, August 14th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Clarksville-AP) -- The mother of the quarterback who left the Arkansas football team said today that she is not sure where her son will go to school.

Christine Brashears said she and her husband had not discussed specifics with Gary Brashears Junior, but that she expected him home this evening. She said they will be supportive and review his options. She called her son a great football player and said, "If you're a great football player, you sure don't want to wash dishes the rest of your life."

Brashears, a sophomore, quit the team deep in Saturday's practice. Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said Brashears asked for his release during the spring, but Nutt said no and told Brashears that he would have every opportunity to beat out Robby Hampton for the quarterback job.

Brashears missed some voluntary summer workouts and flunked a conditioning test on Friday. Nutt said Brashears called him after midnight Saturday. Nutt said the Clarksville High School product was miserable.

If Brashears transfers to another Division One-A school to play football, he'll have to sit out a year. But he can play immediately if he transfers to school in a lower classification.

Brashears' father says he believes his son will look at some of the big schools that recruited him out of high school. Miami, Michigan, Tennessee and Florida State were among the schools that pursued Brashears.