Phelps inducted into Notre Dame Ring of Honor

Notre Dame inducted former Notre Dame head coach Richard "Digger" Phelps into the Notre Dame Ring of Honor on Sunday evening, the 40-year anniversary he coached the Irish in a historical win over John Wooden's UCLA, ending the Bruins' 88-game win streak.

Notre Dame, Ind. - During first half timeouts of the Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech basketball game, ESPN broadcasters, including Jay Bilas and Rece Davis, offered their thoughts and congratulations to former Notre Dame head coach Digger Phelps for his induction into the Notre Dame Ring of Honor.

"There's no one like Digger," Bilas said.

And Davis joked, "I remember the day Notre Dame ended UCLA's win streak as good as I remember my birthday or anniversary because (Digger) talks about it that much."

Phelps was also accompanied on the court by the members of the 1974 basketball team, the team that ended UCLA's 88-game win streak exactly 40 years ago. Phelps was the head coach.

"An atmosophere second to none," Phelps said, addressing today's crowd at halftime. "The players, coaches, trainers, the fans, the band, the cheerleaders. You were the ones that created the moments, especially the student body. You saw what it was like when 3,000 rushed the floor."

Phelps expressed his gratitude for a number of people he deemed important to his success at Notre Dame, and ended his speech with "God Bless, I love you all."

Phelps, who led Notre Dame to a 393-197 record and .666 winning percentage over his 20 seasons as head coach, became the first coach inducted into the Ring of Honor. The all-time winningest men's basketball coach at Notre Dame, he joins Austin Carr, Adrian Dantley, Skylar Diggins, Luke Harangody and Ruth Riley.

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