Digger Phelps, a fixture of ESPN’s college basketball coverage since 1993, has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. Phelps coached 20 seasons and Notre Dame and won 419 games during his coaching career. From ESPN.com:
Phelps has had surgery and will start follow-up treatment next week near his home in South Bend, Indiana.
In a statement, Phelps said that “he and his family appreciate your thoughts and prayers as he prepares for the 2013-2014 college basketball season.”
Dick Vitale tweeted early this morning that he spoke to Phelps, and there’s some good news.
Digger Phelps told me that his bladder cancer has not spread & early detection was the key – in really good spirits & very optimistic .
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) April 26, 2013
Phelps beat prostate cancer in 2010. Here’s hoping for a similar recovery.