CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- Highly-touted sophomore transfer Kaden Archie was suspended for UTEP's next two games for "conduct detrimental to the team," athletic officials announced shortly before tip-off of Thursday evening's game at Charlotte.
Without the 6'6" guard, the Miners fell to the 49ers, 68-64 after having a five point lead at halftime.
Archie did not travel with the team, and in addition to missing the Charlotte game will also not play later this week at Old Dominion. But the university said he would "resume basketball activities upon the team’s return to El Paso."
Archie, who transferred from TCU, was highly touted when he first suited up for the Miners the night before Thanksgiving after getting an NCAA waiver to play.
At the time, UTEP basketball coach Rodney Terry called Archie "a great young man, who comes from a great family" and praised his character.
"He'll compliment the guys we have character wise and believe Kaden is in the same category as those young men. Kaden will represent the program and school on and off the floor," the coach had said.
UTEP officials on Thursday evening did not cite the specific conduct that led to Archie's suspension from the team.