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Legendary Notre Dame coach talks about relationship with hospitalized George H.W. Bush

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Late Monday night, CNN reported former president George H.W. Bush was admitted to intensive care just one day after his wife’s funeral.

A spokesperson for the family told CNN that Bush, 93, was admitted to the hospital Sunday morning with an infection that led to sepsis. He is said to be in critical condition.

Family friend and legendary former Notre Dame Basketball Coach Digger Phelps has remained close to the Bush’s over the years.

Phelps last spoke to the former president over the phone two days before former first lady Barbara Bush’s death.

"We talked about a minute; he knew why I was calling. George, you're still the coach down there. Make sure everything is getting done the right way. I was so glad that I talked to him and heard his voice,” said Phelps. “I just think he as a leader, to me, was unbelievable. And he was always grateful. And she by his side, his assistant coach in the game of life.”

Barbara Bush passed away on April 17.

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