ESPN Analyst Digger Phelps Declares He is Cancer-Free

Tim KeeneyContributor IJuly 3, 2013

MILWAUKEE - MARCH 3: ESPN college basketball analyst Digger Phelps gives life commentary before the game between the Marquette Golden Eagles and the Pittsburgh Panthers on March 3, 2007 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Digger Phelps, the winningest coach in University of Notre Dame basketball history, is now 2-0 against cancer. 

Phelps, who beat prostate cancer back in 2010, announced on Tuesday that he is now free of the bladder cancer he was diagnosed with in early spring of this year.

The news comes courtesy of Pete Byrne from

Digger Phelps is cancer free.  That's the good news his doctor passed along to him on Monday, following nearly two months of treatment to fight bladder cancer.

"A lot of relief," Phelps said Tuesday, in response to the news.  "Our prayers have been answered."

Phelps went on to say that "early detection and having the courage" were the two most important keys in defeating cancer for a second time. 

Colleague and friend Dick Vitale tweeted out his happiness regarding the joyous news:

I think it's safe to say the rest of the sports world is just as ecstatic for Phelps and his family, and here's hoping the legendary college basketball figure, who turns 72 on July 4, will never have to go through this again.

Phelps, who went 393-197 in 20 years with the Irish in the '70s, '80s and early '90s has served as an entertaining, cheerful and intelligent college basketball analyst for ESPN since 1993. 

But with the new season still several months away and his health back to 100 percent, he already has other plans to stay busy. 

According to USA Today, he will be heading to Israel to coach Canada's over-35 men's basketball team in the Maccabiah Games, which are set to begin in just a couple of weeks. 

Phelps is one of the most popular and prominent names in the sport of college basketball, and it's terrific to see him both healthy and active.