In roughly one-year’s time, Phillip Sims transferred from Alabama to Virginia only to leave the Cavaliers later because of academic problems. Now, with the 2013 season just a little over a month away, the former five-star quarterback is hoping third time’s the charm.
In an interview with the Virginian-Pilot, Sims said he is considering “three or four” schools and hopes to make a decision by the end of the week. Sims wouldn’t specify to where he’s looking to transfer, but did say it includes a mix of FBS and Division II programs.
“It’s getting close that time where I need to get back in school,” Sims told the paper. “I want to find a place I’m comfortable with, a place I can get a degree and do the things I set out to do in the first place.”
Sims says he’s been accepted to each school he’s considering. If he transfers to a Division 1 program, he would have to sit out a season and have one year of eligibility remaining. If he transfers down to Division II, he’ll be able to play immediately but have two years left.
Sims played in all 12 games for UVA last season as a redshirt sophomore, throwing for 1,426 yards and nine touchdowns.
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Ohio State has quietly added Joker Phillips and Brian Knorr — two experienced college coaches — to Urban Meyer’s staff.
Although the athletics department has not made an announcement yet, Phillips is listed in Ohio State’s employee directory as a sports program associate with the working title of “Football QC – kicking,” which presumably means he is a quality control assistant for the Ohio State kicking game.
Knorr is listed simply as an athletics intern.
OSU tonight confirms hire of former UK HC & Browns Asst Coach Joker Phillips to support position for Urban Meyer. Has no on-field duty.
Of the two, Phillips is the more experienced. Now 53, he began his coaching career as a G.A. at Kentucky, his alma mater, and eventually spent six seasons as a full-time receivers coach for the Wildcats in the early 1990s.
He also coached at Minnesota, Notre Dame and South Carolina before returning to Lexington as an assistant and eventually rising to head coach in 2010.
Make that four new additions to Texas’ 2016 recruiting class in late June.
The school announced Wednesday that Patrick Hudson, an in-state offensive lineman from Silsbee, has signed a financial aid agreement and is expected to enroll in Austin in July when the second summer session begins.
Hudson is a four-star prospect and the 50th-best player in the country according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
He signed with Baylor in February but was granted a release from his letter of intent after a report accusing members of the school and athletics department of mishandling accusations and incidents of sexual assault delved the school into controversy.
J.P. Urquidez and brothers Devin and Donovan Duvernay also signed with the Longhorns in the past week.
“We’re really excited to have Patrick joining our program,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said in a release. “Patrick coming to Texas, along with J.P. and Donovan earlier this week, are tremendous additions to an already impressive class of 2016. Patrick and J.P. are two big, physical, talented linemen, and Donovan is an explosive athlete who has played on both sides. We’re looking forward to getting them on campus and working with the team.”
Urquidez is also a four-star offensive lineman while Devin Duvernay is a four-star receiver and Donovan Duvernay is a three-star athlete per 247Sports.
Texas’ class is ranked seventh nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 as Strong looks to put a rocky start to his tenure behind him and return the Longhorns to national prominence.
They start the season with a visit from Notre Dame on Sept. 4.
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