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

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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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7 Responses to “Ex-Tide, UVA QB Phillip Sims says he’s close to choosing new school”
  1. floridacock says: Jul 24, 2013 8:07 AM

    wasted career

  2. ancientcougar says: Jul 24, 2013 10:48 AM

    Some people just meant for college,

    TBS, maybe he should have gone overseas and played football until he was eligible for the NFL.

  3. ancientcougar says: Jul 24, 2013 10:48 AM

    aren’t meant for college.

  4. fatediesel says: Jul 24, 2013 12:03 PM

    John Infante of The Bylaw Blog had a column in which he didn’t understand a way Sims would be eligible to play for 2 years in division II because he’d still have to sit out a year because he’s already used his transfer exception and he’ll be out of eligibility after 2014 regardless of what level he ends up at.

  5. kinggator says: Jul 24, 2013 1:20 PM

    Next Stop – Alabama A&M

  6. cometkazie says: Jul 24, 2013 2:45 PM

    So he couldn’t make the grades at Virginia but his academic standing is good enough to play somewhere else?

  7. osage44 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:00 PM

    If Sims didn’t want to study, he should have stayed at Alabama.

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