NCAA Grants Phillip Sims Immediate Eligibility

Phillip Sims got great news on Wednesday as the NCAA granted him a waiver which allows him to be eligible for Virginia for the 2012 season.

“I’m glad we could work with the NCAA to get a resolution regarding this matter,” Mike London said in a statement released by the university.

Phillip Sims came to Alabama as one of the top rated high school quarterbacks in the nation out of high school.  He had a 48-4 record during his high school career.  He set Virginia state records with 10,725 yards and 119 touchdown passes while playing for Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. Unfortunately for Sims, he had to sit behind A.J. McCarron at Alabama and never saw significant game action.

Sims redshirted in 2010 and only appeared in eight games in 2011 for the Crimson Tide, where he completed 18 of 28 passes for 163 yards and no touchdowns.  Sims did throw two interceptions, however.

Alabama’s loss is definitely Virginia’s gain.  Sims will be in fall camp for the Cavaliers and his presence should make for a competitive quarterback battle with returning starter Michael Rocco and backup David Watford.  With this waiver, Sims will have three years of eligibility remaining.

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