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ESPN's Phelps has bladder cancer

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Former Notre Dame basketball coach Digger Phelps is battling bladder cancer, ESPN announced Thursday night.

Phelps, 71, an analyst for the network since 1993, had surgery and is scheduled to start treatment next week near his home in South Bend, Ind.

In a statement, Phelps said "he and his family appreciate your thoughts and prayers as he prepares for the 2013-2014 college basketball season."

Phelps had a record of 419-198 in 21 seasons at a head coach, including 393-197 in 20 years at Notre Dame.

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