Digger Phelps has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, ESPN said Thursday. (Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
ESPN college basketball analyst Digger Phelps has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, the network announced Thursday night.
The network said that Phelps has undergone surgery to treat the cancer and will begin follow-up treatment next week near his home in South Bend, Ind.
Phelps said in a statement that "he and his family appreciate your thoughts and prayers as he prepares for the 2013-2014 college basketball season," according to ESPN.
Phelps, 71, has been a major face of college basketball for more than four decades. He coached the Notre Dame men's basketball team from 1971-91, where he memorably led the Irish to an upset over No. 1 UCLA record 88-game winning streak. He has been an ESPN analyst since 1993.