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Ex-Tide QB officially moving on to Virginia

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Exactly five days after announcing his intent to transfer from Alabama, and a couple of days after his former high school coach created a bit of controversy, Phillip Sims is not so unexpectedly headed back to his home state.

In a press release, Virginia officially confirmed that the former Chesapeake, Va., high school quarterback has decided to transfer from the Cavaliers.  In the immediate aftermath of his decision to leave the Tide, it was widely speculated that UVa would ultimately be the place he would land to continue his collegiate career.

“Virginia football welcomes Phillip Sims to our family,” said Virginia head coach Mike London. “Hopefully he will have a productive career her at UVa as his previous accolades have shown.”

The school did not address whether or not Sims would seek a hardship waiver that would allow him to play immediately, although his Oscar Smith High School coach did the player no favors on that front.

Sims came to Tuscaloosa as a much-hyped four-star member of the Tide’s 2010 recruiting class, rated as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback by  After redshirting as a true freshman, Sims and A.J. McCarron waged a battle for the starting job that commenced in spring practice last year and technically continued into the very early portion of the 2011 regular season.

With McCarron firmly entrenched as the Tide’s starter for the next two seasons after leading UA to the school’s second BcS title in three years last year, Sims opted to take his leave of the program for what he described in a statement as “a personnel personal matter.”

In eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2011, Sims completed 64 percent of his passes for 163 yards.

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9 Responses to “Ex-Tide QB officially moving on to Virginia”
  1. kozbee says: May 2, 2012 7:01 PM

    When Sims signed with Bama he knew where he was going and what he wanted.Now hes thinking about a hardship waiver that would allow him to play immediately.If the NCAA allows this then any kid jumping ship should be allowed to play also.I see no hardship but just a little baby not getting his way.IMO the reason you never made starter was you never tried hard enough or just wasn`t good enough.So when you get to Virginia be sure to tell everyone that you at one time was a National Champion and see how long you can get them to believe you.IMO Bama should give you nothing for last seasons NC.

  2. mountaineer50415 says: May 2, 2012 7:09 PM

    Good luck in the future. Hope your team wins the ACC. Be rooting for you.

  3. seanb20124 says: May 2, 2012 7:20 PM


  4. franklamar17 says: May 2, 2012 10:37 PM

    Things did not work out for him,some times you need to move on..

  5. Deb says: May 2, 2012 10:48 PM

    Oh, pooh. More NCAA nitpicking. Kids transfer from one college to another and change their majors every day for trivial reasons–like, say, they’ve screwed around and are flunking out. But no one makes them sit a year before they can start classes at their new school or in their new program.

    So what if Sims left Bama in the hope of getting a starting position? He’s a talented QB–just not as talented as McCarron. That doesn’t mean he shouldn’t get a chance to compete for the starting position at Virginia, and a shot at an NFL career when he’s ready. Good grief, let him play.

    Good luck, Phillip.

  6. metalhead65 says: May 3, 2012 7:12 AM

    yea good luck getting that waiver,hey wait a min. maybe your parents can get a job in virginia then you can say you want to be close to them. yea that will work! no wait that only works if plan on attending dame nevermind.

  7. Deb says: May 3, 2012 11:53 AM

    @metalhead65 …

    Phillip’s family is already in Virginia. He’s from Chesapeake.

  8. nflofficeadmin says: May 3, 2012 1:43 PM


  9. jjbamaman says: May 5, 2012 5:21 PM

    How do you jerks know that he’s not telling the truth about a family situation that is calling him to be closer to home? Why do you assume the young man is lying? I think these statements say more about you than they do him. Most Alabama fans wish him well. Shame on you all…

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