USC senior forward Dominique Archie confirmed today that he will seek a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. Archie suffered a season ending knee injury in the Gamecocks fifth game of the season against Miami.
Dominique Archie discusses his injury and his future plans
Now the question is if the NCAA will grant Archie another season of eligibility. Darrin Horn and his staff are already working on a case to send to the NCAA. Horn said they are going over hundreds of cases similar to Archie’s to help build a solid argument for another year for Archie.
Darrin Horn on the Archie situation
From what we are hearing Archie’s case is anything but a slam dunk. In fact, you could argue that the odds are stacked against him getting another year of eligibility. The main issue is Archie’s redshirt year. He redshirted his first season for playing time reasons, not because of injury. He confirmed today he didn’t have any major injury his freshman year. That doesn’t bode well for his case.
It isn’t uncommon for a player to get a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA, but almost always that happens only if the player was forced to miss two years because of an injury. Since that was not the case in Archie’s first season the NCAA may not be inclined to give him another year.
Horn refused to speculate on Archie’s chances of getting the sixth year, but the fact that Archie will be honored with the other seniors Wednesday night against is a pretty good indication they know there’s a better than slim chance the NCAA is not going to rule in their favor. Then again, this is the NCAA, so you never really know what is going to happen.