Coach Digger Phelps enters Notre Dame Ring of Honor


Coach Digger Phelps entered the Notre Dame Ring of Honor Sunday, 40 years to the day that Notre Dame upset UCLA.

Former Notre Dame basketball head coach Richard "Digger" Phelps becomes the sixth inductee into Notre Dame's Ring Of Honor during halftime of the Notre Dame Virginia Tech basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2013 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

Sunday marked 40 years to the day that Notre Dame upset UCLA's 88 game win streak.

During halftime of the Irish men's basketball game against Virginia Tech, Coach Digger Phelps entered the Notre Dame Ring of Honor.

A banner now hangs in the rafters of Purcell Pavilion with his name. Digger is the sixth person to enter the ring, and the first coach.

The Irish won the game 40 years ago with a score of 71-70 to break UCLA's 88-game winning streak. It's considered the biggest win of Phelps career, even bigger than leading the Irish to a Final Four four years later.

Phelps coached the Irish for two decades, winning 66% of his games.

The day was capped off with an Irish victory over Virginia Tech, 70-63.


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