Friday , Mar , 05 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Notre Dame’s Francis set for back surgery

South Bend, IN (Sports Network) – Notre Dame sophomore forward Torin Francis
will undergo surgery next Monday to repair a herniated disc in his lower back.

Francis, who has been sidelined since February 9, has missed Notre Dame’s last
six games and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. His recovery
is expected to take as long as three months.

Prior to his injury, Francis had started all 54 games in his career with the
Irish. He averaged 14.8 points and a team-leading 8.8 rebounds in 20 games
this season.

“We’re happy that we have diagnosed the problem and are able to correct it
through surgery,” Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey said. “I anticipate that he
is going to make a full and complete recovery and I look forward to having him
at full speed when we begin our summer conditioning program in preparation for
his junior season.”

Francis was named to the Big East all-rookie team last season after averaging
11.1 points and 8.4 rebounds as a freshman. He was also integral in helping
the Irish reach the 2003 Sweet 16, netting 17.7 points and 12.7 rebounds in
the NCAA Tournament.