Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

July 11, 2012

College briefs: Sims granted waiver to play for Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Quarterback Phillip Sims has been granted a waiver to play at Virginia this season.

The school says it was informed by the NCAA of the decision Wednesday.

Sims, who was among the highest rated quarterbacks in the country coming out of Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake in 2010. He had a 48-4 record and set state records with 10,725 yards passing and 119 touchdown passes.

He played in eight games as a redshirt freshman at Alabama in 2011, then transferred to Virginia in May.

Coach Mike London says he is pleased to have the matter resolved. Sims is expected to be able to compete for the starting job against incumbent Michael Rocco and sophomore dual-threat David Watford.

Sims has three years of eligibility remaining.

Big doubleheader caps Tip-Off Marathon

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Defending champion Kentucky will play Duke, and Michigan State meets Kansas in the Champions Classic Doubleheader that will cap ESPN’s 24-hour Tip-Off Marathon.

The network announced Wednesday that the fifth annual day of hoops will start Nov. 13 at midnight EDT with West Virginia at Gonzaga.

Eleven games will follow, capped by the marquee doubleheader in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.

Sixteen conferences will be represented in the marathon. Despite Butler and Xavier both being in the Atlantic 10, their game in Cincinnati will be a nonconference matchup since it was scheduled before Butler joined the conference for this season.

Eight schools will make their debut in the marathon: Davidson, Detroit, Harvard, Houston Baptist, New Mexico, Northern Illinois, Valparaiso and Xavier.

Ex-Marshall linebacker Rembert dies at beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — J.T, Rembert, a Marshall University linebacker from 2001 through 2004, has died while vacationing with family in South Carolina. He was 29.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick said preliminary autopsy results show Rembert died around 9 p.m. Monday of a pulmonary embolism.

Hendrick said Rembert was pronounced dead at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach.

Rembert’s best season was in 2002, when he played in 13 games and collected 33 solo tackles and assisted on 39 others. He had 4 1/2 tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, two interceptions and a 34-yard fumble return for a touchdown.



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