As expected, the NCAA has denied USC senior forward Dominique Archie a sixth season of eligibility. Archie suffered a season ending knee injury against Miami last November. At the time of the injury he was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder.
Archie red-shirted his freshman year because of playing time and that made his case for a sixth year a long shot. The NCAA usually only grants the extra year if you miss two seasons because of injury or another factor beyond the players control.
“I want to thank Coach Horn, the assistant coaches and the compliance office for their efforts in helping with the process for a sixth year of eligibility,” Archie said. “I’m disappointed I won’t be able to play next season as a Gamecock, but I leave with great memories. I want to thank the fans for their support during my time at South Carolina.”
“Although we are disappointed Dominique won’t be a member of the team next season, he will always be an important member of the Gamecock family,” South Carolina head coach Darrin Horn said. “He played a significant role in building the South Carolina program over his career. As always, we have the best interest of our players in mind, and we will continue to support Dominique in his future as an individual and with his professional career.”
Archie became the 41st member of the Gamecock 1,000-point club last November, prior to a knee injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the 2009-10 campaign. He concluded his career ranked among South Carolina leaders in blocked shots (10th, 90) and had started every game of his Carolina career (98) prior to his injury. During his time in the Garnet and Black, Archie averaged 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and 1.14 steals per game.