The NCAA ruled quarterback Phillip Sims eligible to compete as a Cavalier this fall. Due to NCAA regulations, Sims was set to be a redshirt sophomore for the 2012-2013 season due to his status as an undergraduate transfer. The former top-ranked high school recruit cited family circumstances in his appeal, including wishing to be closer to his family in Chesapeake, VA.
Sims officially enrolled in the University in June after being part of the Crimson Tide for 2 years. Despite having high hopes after his stellar high school career at Oscar F. Smith High School, Sims never achieved the starting quarterback position at Alabama. Sims redshirted his first season in 2010 and served as a backup to AJ McCarron last season.
Sims will have to battle for the starting quarterback position again as junior Michael Rocco and sophomore David Watford battled for the spot the majority of last season.
Coach Mike London expressed his gratitude saying, “I am pleased we were able to work with the NCAA to get a resolution regarding this matter…We look forward to having Phillip and the rest of our team in camp this August.”
Sims also expressed his excitement, giving a shout-out on Twitter saying: “I wanna say thanks to everyone that has showed support for the uva family & congratulated us on this ncaa ruling today !!! #muchlove#hoos “