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Another transfer for WVU?

June 7, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

Charles Sims is looking for a new home to finish his college career.

The landing spot for the former Houston standout running back possibly could be West Virginia.

On the surface, Morgantown seems the logically fit for Sims, who led the Cougars with 851 yards rushing, along with collecting 37 receptions for 373 yards and 14 total TDs in 2012.

West Virginia utilizes a similar offense Sims has played in the past several years at Houston, and Mountaineer coach Dana Holgorsen served as offensive coordinator at the school during his freshman year.

California also has been mentioned as a possible destination for Sims, who graduated in May and is eligible to play in 2013.

Sims considered entering the NFL draft after his junior campaign but decided to return for his senior season. He then requested a transfer from Houston, which added some restrictions - a trend that has recently become very popular in the new-age of college athletics.

Sims' transfer regulations include not being allowed to go to a school Houston plays in 2013, any school in Texas or members of the Cougars' new home - the American Athletic Conference (former Big East Conference).

The versatile back also could decide apply for the NFL supplemental draft. He's projected as the fifth-best running back prospect for the 2014 NFL draft.

If Sims does decide to enroll at West Virginia, he would join quarterback Clint Trickett, who transfered from Florida State and also is eligible to play this season.

With the Mountaineers losing quarterback Geno Smith, and receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey to the NFL, adding Trickett and possibly Sims could bring some stability and leadership to a Mountaineer offense that can't afford to have a subpar season playing in the offense-heavy Big 12 Conference, and having question marks on the defensive side.

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QUICK?LAYOFF: The high school sports season just finished but teams get little time to enjoy a layoff.

According to the WVSSAC Rules and Regulations Handbook, the three-week summer practice dates are June 9-29. Teams are allowed to gather in an organized practice environment during that period.

The three-week practice session was first introduced in 2003 by WVSSAC Executive Director Gary Ray.

It's been very beneficial for our schools," Ray has said in the past. "I think our coaches have worked very well with it. I think overall, they see the benefit for their programs."

Football season for a majority of the teams in the Mountain State kicks off on Aug. 30, while golf begins the first week in August and soccer later that month.

Like I said, there is little time for high school athletes to enjoy summer, so my advice to them is to savor every moment you can.

- Sports Editor Joey Kittle can be reached at 304-636-2121, ext. 109 or via email at jkittle@theinter



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