Virginia quarterback Phillip Sims is no longer on the school’s football roster, according to a statement from the Cavaliers’ website today. Sims started four games last year for the Wahoos, but was rumored to have dropped down the depth chart in the offseason. It would appear that academics also played a role in his departure.
Head coach Mike London had this to say:
“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. 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.”
“The young men who remain with this football program are committed and have done a great job in the classroom, in the weight room and on the practice fields. Our team spring semester grade point average is the highest it has been in the past 10 years and we understand that for us to be successful on Saturdays in the fall, it will require that everyone involved in the program do what is necessary each and every day to prepare to win.”
The school will move forward with David Watford and Greyson Lambert battling for the starting quarterback job. UVA finished with a record of 4-8 last season, going 2-6 in the ACC Coastal division.