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Feb. 11, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Terence Dials, a 6-foot-9-inch sophomore center on the Ohio State men’s basketball team, will not return this season, Jim O’Brien, Ohio State head men’s basketball coach, announced Tuesday.

Dials, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, played the first six games of the 2002-03 season, starting four, before back pain kept him out of the Seton Hall game Dec. 21. Tests on the injured back indicated a stress fracture to the lumbar spine (level 2).

Treatment for the injury is ongoing but discomfort remains, prohibiting Dials from practicing or working out with the men’s basketball team, Vince O’Brien, the athletics trainer for the men’s basketball team, said.

Ohio State will petition the Big Ten Conference for a medical hardship after the season. If granted, Dials would retain three years of eligibility beginning with the 2003-04 season.

To qualify for a medical redshirt season, the NCAA requires the player meets two criteria. First, the player must have played in 20 percent or fewer games during the regular season, which is a 28-game schedule in basketball. That figures out to be 5.6 games but under NCAA rules this number rounds up to six games. Second, the player must have sustained the injury in the first half of the season. Dials meets both criteria.

As a freshman, Dials played in 32 contests for an average of 16.5 minutes a game. He averaged 6.7 points and 4.2 rebounds. In six games this season, Dials averaged 7.0 points and 5.8 rebounds.

He set an Ohio State freshman record by connected on 62 percent of his shots from the field (86-138).