Phillip Sims

Ex-Tide, UVA QB Phillip Sims says he’s close to choosing new school


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.

Mark Dantonio quickly tosses aside South Carolina discussion

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.

He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.

“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network

Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.

Dan Patrick: Spurrier brought personality to the SEC

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.

Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.