WINTERGREEN, Va. -- Archie Clark, a sophomore defensive end for the University of Maryland football team, has been dismissed from school, head coach Joe Krivak said yesterday.
Krivak, who is here attending a preseason meeting of Atlanti Coast Conference coaches and media, said the former Oakland Mills High School standout flunked out after the first semester of summer school.
Clark, The Sun's Defensive Player of the Year in 1989, was redshirted last season after suffering a knee injury in last summer's Big 33 all-star football game. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder was expected to be a key reserve for the Terrapins this season.
"It's a big loss," Krivak said. "He would have played some this year, and probably would have started down the road."
Krivak said two other players, whom he declined to identify, were "on the bubble" academically and would need a solid showing in the second semester of summer school to retain their eligibility.
But Krivak indicated that All-ACC defensive lineman Larry Webster, who has had academic problems in the past, was not one of the players in trouble. "The big guy is doing all right," said Krivak.