Former Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps fighting bladder cancer

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Former Notre Dame coach and current ESPN analyst Digger Phelps is battling bladder cancer, the network announced Thursday.

Phelps has already had surgery and will begin follow up treatment next week with doctors near his home in South Bend, Ind. Phelps has worked as an analyst for the network for 20 years and plans to continue in that role in 2013-14.

Phelps coached Notre Dame from 1972 to 1991. His 1974 team defeated UCLA to stop the Bruins' 88-game winning streak and his 1978 team advanced to the Final Four for the only time in Notre Dame history.

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