Phillip Sims Granted Waiver, Will Play For Virginia This Season

The former Alabama backup quarterback is returning home to play for the Cavaliers.

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Phillip Sims Granted Waiver To Play For Virginia This Fall

Former Alabama Crimson Tide backup quarterback Phillip Sims has been grated a waiver by the NCAA to play this fall for the University of Virginia

Sims, a former Parade All-American and All-USA Today selection who hails from Chesapeake, Va., will not be required to sit out one season per the NCAA's bylaws for undergraduate student-athletes, per a release from the school Wednesday evening.

This decision is a result of a family issue outlined in the official paperwork the school submitted to the NCAA back in May.

Sims will have three years of eligibility remaining, but his place on the Cavaliers' depth chart entering training camp in August is unknown. According to SB Nation's Streaking the Lawn writer Paul Guttman, Michael Rocco is expected to be the team's Week 1 starter, despite the raw talent that Sims possesses.

Rocco, a junior, has proven he can run an offense, and it appears he will only be replaced by Sims due to injury or consistently poor play.

While Sims seemingly escaped Tuscaloosa to increase his chances of being a long-term starting quarterback (instead of sitting behind A.J. McCarron), there could be a minor controversy brewing in Charlottesville as the season gets closer.

For more on Virginia football, head over to Streaking the Lawn.

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Virginia Officially Announces Transfer of Phillip Sims

What was known and expected for a few days was made official today: Former Alabama Crimson Tide backup quarterback Phillip Sims has transferred to Virginia, according to a release from the school.

With the move to the Virginia Cavaliers, Sims -- a former Parade All-American and All-USA Today selection who hails from Chesapeake, Va. -- is now in a position to be a full-time starter for the rest of his college career.

He will have two years of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2012 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

With Alabama winning the national championship with A.J. McCarron under center, the writing was on the wall that there was going to be no quarterback controversy going forward. McCarron was going to be the starter and Sims -- who appeared in eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2011 -- was going to be the backup as long as he was enrolled in Tuscaloosa.

Now, a local boy can re-energize a program that has not won a conference championship since 1995.

Sims will join former Oscar Smith High School teammates Perry Jones and Tim Smith in Charlottesville.

For more on Virginia football, head over to Streaking the Lawn.

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Phillip Sims Transfer: Virginia Lands Former Alabama QB

Former Alabama Crimson Tide back up quarterback Phillip Sims decided to transfer from the Alabama program, as the quarterback was looking to play somewhere closer to home. Sims has enrolled at the University of Virginia, and it looks like he'll be playing for the Virginia Cavaliers, according to a report by ESPN's Joe Schad.

Sims is from Chesapeake, which is about three hours from Virginia's campus in Charlottesville, VA. Sims was behind Alabama starting quarterback, sophomore A.J. McCarron, who just helped the Crimson Tide win the BCS National Championship, so it didn't look like Sims would get playing time anytime soon, instead opting to transfer back to his home state. Sims saw minor action during the 2011 season, but didn't play in the final five games.

For more on Tide football, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills. For more on Virginia football, head over to Streaking the Lawn.

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Phillip Sims Transferring: Virginia Given Permission To Talk To Former Alabama QB

Phillip Sims, the former backup to A.J. McCarron at Alabama, is on his way out of the program, and it's looking likely he heads to a school in the state of Virginia. But will it be the University of Virginia? If the word on Friday is correct, Sims may be checking out the Cavaliers sooner rather than later.

The report, from Jerry Ratcliffe:

Should he settle down with Virginia, it would be a move that brings him closer to home. Sims hails from nearby Chesapeake, so Virginia would be quite logical, if it does come to pass. Without a restriction on his release to Virginia, Sims' life is quite a bit easier than some of the other cases we've seen lately, as well.

For more on Tide football, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills. For more on Virginia football, head over to Streaking the Lawn.

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Phillip Sims Transferring From Alabama, Possibly For Virginia School

Backup Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims is headed elsewhere.

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