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Virginia reportedly winning the Phillip Sims sweepstakes

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It appears ex-Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims already has a destination in mind just days after it was announced he would be transferring from the Crimson Tide.

ESPN’s Joe Schad reports that Sims has told Virginia coaches that he will enroll at the school. The Cavaliers have been rumored to be the frontrunners for Sims’ services since the announcement of his transfer late last week. Schad also reports that Alabama will allow Sims to transfer to UVA without having to pay his own way in 2012.

Sims cited a “personal matter” as the reason for his decision:

“The reason for me leaving is nothing more than a personal matter. I just need to be closer to home to support my family at this time and that needs to be my priority right now. I would still like to continue my football career, and hopefully I can do that and also be there for my family.”

However, Sims ended up falling behind fellow quarterback A.J. McCarron and his Justin Bieber bangs (I’m not scoffing; those are some perfect bangs) last year after the two began the season competing for the starting job. Sims finished 2011 with just 163  yards passing and two interceptions.

Sims, a highly-touted four-star member of the Tide’s 2010 recruiting class and a Virginia native, could apply for a NCAA waiver that would allow him to compete for UVA right away. Otherwise, he’ll have to sit out a year to fulfill transfer rules.

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9 Responses to “Virginia reportedly winning the Phillip Sims sweepstakes”
  1. seanmmartin says: Apr 30, 2012 12:38 PM


  2. trainsaw says: Apr 30, 2012 1:03 PM

    Glad to see he can be closer at home, should win the starting job easily. Glad the Hoos are turning things around from the trainwreck that Groh left the program.

  3. teedraper says: Apr 30, 2012 1:48 PM

    Dumbass should’ve never left VA.

  4. lbroberts123 says: Apr 30, 2012 1:50 PM

    I wouldn’t really say that it’s a “sweepstakes.” I wouldn’t see too many schools jumping up and down to have Sims on their team. Just go back and watch him play in games… He was terrible.

  5. Deb says: Apr 30, 2012 2:01 PM

    It was Phillip’s bad luck to wind up competing with A.J. McCarron. Much as I love McElroy, A.J.’s a better quarterback than Greg, and I’m looking forward to seeing how he’ll perform with a new OC. Hope Sims doesn’t have to sit out a year and will have the opportunity to compete right away for a starting job at Virginia. Wish him all the best at his new school.

  6. gnorules says: Apr 30, 2012 3:51 PM

    *yawn* They’ll still continue to lose to the Hokies.

  7. metalhead65 says: Apr 30, 2012 6:30 PM

    since it is a family matter he should be able to get a waiver to play right away right? wait that only applies to dame transfers nevermind.

  8. freemantowilliams says: Apr 30, 2012 6:54 PM

    Well not only would this be a great pick-up for UVA but it would also be a great addition to the ACC. As a FSU fan (that watched my beloved noles get beaten by UVA) I welcome elite prospects at the other ACC programs. I think only sex and ice cold yuengling satisfy me more than a great in-conference football game win or lose.

  9. kozbee says: Apr 30, 2012 10:15 PM

    Sims got a year to sit but its better then staying at Bama and not playing at all.Thats the big thing about depth,you never know if you`ll play or not.Thats why so many kids jump ship is due to playing time.Happens alot at the big schools.

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