By: Matt Scalici | firstname.lastname@example.org
Former four-star quarterback Phillip Sims is no longer enrolled at Virginia due to academics issues, according to a release from the school.
"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," said head coach Mike London in the statement. "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."
"When an individual strays from those directions, it is very disappointing to me. Phillip Sims did not make the commitment he needed to succeed here. I appreciate his efforts last season. He is a very talented young man who is blessed with some extraordinary athletic abilities. I still believe Phillip Sims can and will be a successful person. We will do what we can to assist Phillip in continuing his academic and athletic opportunities elsewhere."
Sims, a former University of Alabama backup quarterback who competed for the starting role with AJ McCarron back in 2011, played in every game for the Cavaliers last season and passed for 1,263 yards and nine touchdowns. Despite the experience, Sims found himself third on the depth chart for the Cavaliers this spring.