A month from now, Virginia head coach Mike London should know whether he’ll have a transfer from Alabama at his disposal, or if the Cavaliers will have to wait until 2013 to add the player into the mix.
Quarterback Phillip Sims officially announced back in late April that he would be transferring from the Tide due to a personal matter, although his high school coach had a different view of the circumstances that led to the move. In early May, he announced he would be heading back to his home state and enrolling at Virginia.
London confirmed nearly a month ago that the school was hopeful that Sims would receive a waiver from the NCAA that would permit Sims to play immediately in 2012 due to a medical condition facing a member of Sims’ family in the area.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Thursday that the paperwork has been filed on Sims’ behalf by the school. That step in the process was taken earlier this week.
The Times-Dispatch writes that “[t]he request cites a family emergency as the reason he switched schools, saying he wanted to be closer to home.”
A decision from the NCAA is expected in mid-July, the paper reports.
Sims came to Tuscaloosa as a highly-touted four-star member of the Tide’s 2010 recruiting class, rated as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback by Rivals.com. In eight games with the Tide last season, Sims completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 163 yards.
Despite the high school pedigree, London said last month that “[t]he keys have not been handed over to this young man.”
Last year’s starter, Michael Rocco, returns and still sits atop the depth chart. While Rocco completed 60 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns last season, he also threw 12 interceptions and ranked 70th in the country — and ninth among the 12 starting QBs in the ACC — in passing efficiency.
Rocco’s backup, David Watford, who played in 10 games and attempted 74 passes last season, returns as well. Counting Sims, the Cavaliers will have five scholarship QBs on the roster by the time summer camp opens in a couple of months