University of Virginia quarterback Phillip Sims is no longer on the football team, according to coach Mike London.
Sims played in all 12 games in 2012, and started four. He completed 132 of 231 passes for 1,426 yards and nine touchdowns. Sims, a Chesapeake native, transferred from Alabama last summer. London says that Sims is ineligible. He is enrolled in a summer session at the University of Virginia, but will no longer be enrolled at the school after the summer session is finished.
“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,” London wrote in a news release. “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.”
Lynchburg native Michael Rocco, who split time at quarterback with Sims in 2012, transferred to the University of Richmond in the offseason. The only quarterbacks remaining on UVA’s roster are sophomore David Watford, and redshirt freshmen Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns.
Sims was tabbed as a five-star recruit by Scout.com coming out of Oscar Smith High School. ESPNU labeled him the No. 1 quarterback in the nation.
The Wahoos open up the season by hosting BYU on August 31. The following week Pac-12 powerhouse Oregon comes to Charlottesville.