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April 6, 2010

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