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Digger Phelps, a former coach and long-time college basketball analyst for ESPN, has been diagnosed with bladder cancer.

The network announced the sad news this morning and added that Phelps has already undergone surgery. He will soon begin follow-up treatment near his residence in 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.”

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The 71-year old has been with ESPN since 1993 and coached Notre Dame from 1972-1991. Our thoughts go out to him and his loved ones.