Men's basketball sophomore-to-be will return to Utah Valley State College.
July 29, 1997
PULLMAN, Wash. - After an emotionally draining school year which culminated with the death of his father, Beau Archibald has decided to leave the Washington State men's basketball program according to head coach Kevin Eastman Tuesday afternoon.
The 6-foot-6 sophomore-to-be will return to Utah Valley State College (Orem, Utah), a school he attended part time during the 1995-96 academic year. Eastman said that no future basketball plans for Archibald have been discussed at this point.
"The passing of his father was a tough situation for Beau to go through this past year," said Eastman via telephone call. "His decision to get closer to home is in the best interest of Beau and his family at this time. We wish Beau all the best as he and his family rebound from a very difficult year."
Archibald's father Lynn, a long-time basketball coach who last served as Director of Basketball Operations at Brigham Young University during the 1996-97 season, passed away May 28 after a long battle with prostate cancer. Archibald's mother Anne resides in Provo, Utah.
In his first year with the Cougars, Archibald was the team's fourth-leading scorer (6.1 points per game) as he came off the bench in 29 games. He was also second on the team in blocked shots (14).
The departure of Archibald leaves Washington State with 11 student-athletes on scholarship for the 1997-98 basketball year.