Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Phelps' cancer surgery successful
ESPN college basketball analyst and legendary coach Digger Phelps underwent successful prostate cancer surgery on Tuesday, according to a press release.
Phelps, who was diagnosed on April 28, was treated at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Wash., and had surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center.
He is recovering and resting comfortably, according to the press release.
"Thanks to early discovery of the cancer during a routine physical, dad is doing great and is on the road to recovery," Phelps' daughter Karen Moyer said, according to the press release. "We are very thankful for the great people at the Hutch Center and the University of Washington Medical Center. Thank you to all of our friends and family for your prayers and warm wishes for my dad."
Before joining ESPN in November 1993, Phelps served as a college basketball analyst for CBS Sports during the 1992 and 1993 NCAA championships, handling both studio and game analysis. In 1984, he served as commentator for ABC Sports' basketball coverage at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
During his 20 years at Notre Dame (1972-91), Phelps won more games (393) than any coach in Irish history. His teams advanced to the NCAA tournament on 14 occasions -- including six of his last seven seasons -- and reached the Final Four in 1978.
Phelps averaged more than 19 wins per season during his career at Notre Dame, compiling a 393-197 record. In addition, all 56 players who played four years for Phelps received their degrees.
Before coaching at Notre Dame, Phelps was the head basketball coach at Fordham University during the 1970-71 season. His team compiled a 26-3 record and advanced to the NCAA tournament.
Phelps is a native of Beacon, N.Y. He graduated from Rider College in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and in 1964 with a master's degree in business education.