For the second time in his collegiate football career, quarterback Phillip Sims will be leaving a Division I football program.
Virginia Cavaliers head coach Mike London confirmed on Friday that Sims’ 2012 season that he spent in Charlottesville would be his only one. Sims spent his 2011 freshman season as a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide, before transferring to UVA for last season. Receiving a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately, Sims appeared in all 12 games for Virginia last season. While splitting time with fellow signal caller Michael Rocco, the Chesapeake, Va product went 132 of 231, with 1,426 yards through the air.
While there was no definitive reason given as to why he is leaving the program, London did a pretty good job of hinting at the notion that the departure is academically related.
Commenting on the situation, London proclaimed, “The thing we tell the young men who come to the University of Virginia to receive a world-class education and play for our football program is pretty simple. Go to class. Show class and treat people with dignity and respect. Those directions are pretty easy to follow and they will lead you on a path of success.”
With that being said, London finally added, “Phillip Sims did not make the commitment he needed to succeed here.”
Yeah, it’s pretty safe to say that Sims had some trouble as it pertains to his schooling.
While they may not be considered a powerhouse on the football field, one of the successes that UVA can tout is it’s academic performance. As it stands right now, this year’s football team’s GPA is the highest it has been in 10 years. This is a stern message that if you can’t hack it in the classroom, then London and staff will not give you the chance to hack it on the field.
As for the Cavaliers’ quarterback situation, Sims’ ineligibility makes that picture a little clearer now.
Spring practice saw the always-dreaded three-way QB battle involving Sims, redshirt sophomore David Watford, and redshirt freshman Greyson Lambert. This recent incident now makes that a traditional head-to-head battle to command the UVA offense.