Virginia quarterback Phillip Sims is no longer on the football team, according to coach Mike London in a WDBJ7.com report. He will remain enrolled at the university for summer classes. He will not be enrolled in the fall.
Sims, the nation's former top-rated quarterback recruit who transferred to Virginia from Alabama last summer, started four games and played in all 12 games for the Cavaliers in 2012. The Chesapeake native completed 132 of 231 passes for 1,426 yards and nine touchdowns.
London questioned Sims' commitment to the UVA program and his education.
“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.”
David Teel of the Daily Press details Sims' questionable off-season football preparation:
Sims’ shortcomings weren’t limited to the classroom. Arguably the program’s most gifted quarterback, and certainly its most acclaimed, Sims dodged the grueling conditioning and tape study that define the best at his position.
That lethargy contrasted sharply with teammates such as fellow quarterback David Watford, a weight room and meeting room staple even as he redshirted last season while Sims and Michael Rocco shared snaps.
Sims' departure means Watford, a sophomore, and redshirt freshmen Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns are the only quarterbacks on UVA's roster. Rocco, who started eight games for the Cavaliers while splitting time at quarterback with Sims in 2012, transferred to the University of Richmond in January.