Digger Phelps came out with a new book last week, Undertaker's Son: Life Lessons From A Coach, and it's promising to be an inspirational story. But what really caught my eye was his bio:
Head basketball coach of Notre Dame at age 29, a position he held for more than two decades with a 100 percent graduation rate, an attention-getting figure in President George H. W. Bush’s anti-drug program, part-time ambassador, a nationally adored ESPN commentator, and a possible Presidential candidate, Richard “Digger” Phelps has done it all. [Emphasis added].If you're as confused as I was, you must not know the real Digger Phelps. In-between his time at Notre Dame and ESPN, Digger entered the civil service. He served as a special assistant to the Executive Office of the President for National Drug Control Policy from 1992-1993. His assignment? Operation Weed and Seed. I guess that's how he gets all the street cred that he's got.
But Digger for President? The idea is confounding. What's his experience - 14 years sitting inside a Bristol, CT studio talking hoops? But Digger isn't alone in his ideas. The Digger For President campaign is real, and the grass-roots campaign has already begun.
Will you join the Digger movement?