As you’ve probably heard by now, Phillip Sims has decided to transfer out of the Alabama football program and it sounds like he’s about to land a little closer to home.
Sims has already used a redshirt year at Alabama during the 2010 season. Last year, he played sparingly. That gives him three more seasons to play at Alabama (had he stayed). If he transfers to a FCS division school or lower, he could play right away. If he transfers to a FBS school, he’ll most likely sit another year and that gives him the possibility of playing two full seasons of college ball. I say most likely, because of this:
Sims, a highly-touted four-star member of the Tide’s 2010 recruiting class and a Virginia native, could apply for a NCAA waiver that would allow him to compete for UVA right away. Otherwise, he’ll have to sit out a year to fulfill transfer rules.
Because of that, this makes a little more sense:
In a statement issued by Alabama on Friday, Sims, of Chesapeake, Va., said he needed to be closer to home to support his family. He could attempt to be eligible to play immediately through an NCAA appeal citing family circumstances.
Maybe he has personal problems to handle and maybe he doesn’t. That’s not really my business. But as someone said earlier in this process, had AJ McCarron had the same personal problems, he most likely wouldn’t be transferring.
Best of luck to Sims. No matter where he winds up, he’ll always be considered one of Bama’s.