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Phillip Sims gets waiver, eligible to play immediately for UVA

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Good news for Virginia: the Cavaliers will indeed have former Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims available to play this fall.

UVA had filed paperwork as recently as last month to allow Sims to compete immediately following his transfer from the Tide earlier this year. NCAA  rules normally mandate that a player sit out one year if he transfers between Division 1 programs. However, the “personal reason” attached to Sims’ departure was apparently enough to persuade the Association otherwise.

“I am pleased we were able to work with the NCAA to get a resolution regarding this matter,” said Virginia coach Mike London in a statement. “We look forward to having Phillip and the rest of our team in camp this August.”

Sims will have three years of eligibility remaining, and given the news, should be the favorite to start immediately. Last year’s starter Michael Rocco returns, but he carries with him some rather inconsistent states (13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season).

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10 Responses to “Phillip Sims gets waiver, eligible to play immediately for UVA”
  1. mrlaloosh says: Jul 11, 2012 8:16 PM

    Affirmative Action.

  2. dcroz says: Jul 11, 2012 9:53 PM

    I am happy for Phillip and wish him the best of luck as he seeks to win the starting job at UVA!

  3. roundup5 says: Jul 11, 2012 10:08 PM

    He was already promised the starting job!

  4. suprmous says: Jul 12, 2012 1:18 AM

    Kinda sorta reminds me of the old sayin, “it’s all in who you know”. Guess when you come from a family like the Simms and the Mannings you can pretty much get what you ask for.

  5. thegeneral7694 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:35 AM

    Supermous: Huh? The Simms and the Mannings? What does that even mean? You do realize that Phillip Sims is not one of Phil Sims’s kids, right? Look at the picture attached to the story and tell me whether Phillip Sims looks like Phil Sims….yeesh. I don’t think this is a case of “who you know” as much as it is “Sims is light years more talented than any other QB Viriginia has had on its roster since Matt Schaub.”

  6. Fan On Fire_Maurice Barksdale says: Jul 12, 2012 12:13 PM

    Rocco’s numbers are somewhat misleading, as most of his interceptions were thrown early in the season. The second half of last season Rocoo was one of the better QB’s in the ACC.

    So Sims may end up being the starter at some point, but Rocco will definitely have a shot to keep his starting job for now.

  7. ghengy says: Jul 12, 2012 3:15 PM

    Another example of NCAA hypocrisy. The “personal reasons” for his transfer were simply that he was never going to start at Alabama.

    They might as well go ahead and draft the new rule to allow any minority to freely move as they like, as long as each move is closer to home. LOL

    Bad precedent.

  8. 216ty says: Jul 12, 2012 5:14 PM

    Wtf does him being a minority have to do with anything? Another ignorant racist puts their foot in their mouths. Ignorance truly seems to b bliss. U have no idea why he transferred and why he was granted eligibility. He must b good if they r gonna start him ASAP.

  9. Deb says: Jul 13, 2012 3:36 PM

    Congrats, Phillip. All the best at Virginia!

  10. suprmous says: Jul 19, 2012 6:46 AM

    thegeneral, I just made a blanket statement of how you can be a member of the 2 families and it’s all in who you know that can get you what you want. I do realize he’s not Phil Simms son. Geesh Louise, I’m not totally brain dead yet.

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