Digger Phelps added to Notre Dame’s ‘Ring of Honor’ on Sunday

Before Richard “Digger” Phelps started color coordinating his ties and highlighters as an ESPN analyst, he had a very successful career as Notre Dame’s head basketball coach. For 20 years (1971-91), the Beacon, New York native coached the Fighting Irish to a 393-197 overall record.

One of the biggest highlights of Phelps’ career was a 1974 win over top-ranked UCLA. The Bruins were riding an 88-game winning streak at the time, and were on top of the basketball world.

In all, Phelps took the Irish to 14 NCAA tournaments and one Final Four. He also knocked off seven No. 1 teams during his career, which is tied with Gary Williams for the most in history.

On Sunday, during Notre Dame’s game against Virginia Tech, the Irish welcomed the legendary basketball coach into its “Ring of Honor.” He if the first basketball coach to be honored in this capacity by the Fighting Irish.

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Photo: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports