College basketball analyst and former Notre Dame head coach Digger Phelps has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, ESPN announced Thursday night.
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."
Phelps, 71, was the head coach at Notre Dame from 1971-1991, where he amassed an overall record of 393-197. The most notable of those 393 wins came on Jan. 19, 1974 when the Fighting Irish stunned No. 1 UCLA and snapped the Bruins' 88-game winning streak. Phelps still shares the NCAA record for most career upsets over a No. 1 team (7) with former Maryland head coach Gary Williams.
In 1993, Phelps began a broadcasting career and was hired by ESPN to work as a college basketball analyst. He has become a fixture on the network's "College GameDay" program, where he is perhaps best known for consistently matching his tie color with the color of a highlighter he holds in his right hand.