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      USC's Archie denied 6th year of eligibility

      USC forward Dominique Archie has been denied a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. Archie suffered a season-ending knee injury last November.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina forward Dominique Archie will not receive a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA.

      Archie's injured his knee against Miami back last November and was lost for the season. His case did not meet the criteria for a sixth year of eligibility established by the NCAA. "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."

      Archie started all 98 games he played in during his USC career. Archie averaged 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and 1.14 steals per game at USC and became the Archie became the 41st member of the Gamecock 1,000-point club last November, prior to his knee injury."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 will graduate from the University in May 2010 with a degree in African-American studies.