NCAA denies injured Archie another season with Gamecocks

Dominique Archie speaks after his injury
Dominique Archie speaks after his injury
Archie dunks before going down in his season-ending game
Archie dunks before going down in his season-ending game

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Recovering South Carolina forward Dominique Archie will not play another season with the Gamecocks after the NCAA denied him a sixth year of eligibility, according to the university.

Archie, a fifth-year senior, asked the NCAA for the extension after having season-ending surgery following a right knee sprain on Nov. 22 during a game against Miami.

The NCAA decided Archie's case did not meet the criteria for granting a sixth year of eligibility established by the NCAA. Archie will graduate from the University in May 2010 with a degree in African-American studies.

"I'm disappointed I won't be able to play next season as a Gamecock, but I leave with great memories," Archie said Tuesday. "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," 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 Gamecock to score 1,000 career points last November, prior to a knee injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the 2009-10 campaign.  He concluded his career ranked 10th among South Carolina's all-time leaders in blocked shots with 90. Archie averaged 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and 1.14 steals per game.

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