Virginia quarterback Phillip Sims is ineligible and will no longer be enrolled at the university after completion of his current summer school session, the school announced in a statement Friday.
Sims arrived last season after transferring from Alabama and was given a waiver to be eligible immediately. He played in all 12 games, with four starts, and seemed to be the favorite to win the starting job going into 2013. But Sims opened spring practice No. 3 on the depth chart and never climbed higher.
Coach Mike London said in a statement:
"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.”