RALEIGH, N.C. — Former North Carolina State Coach Jim Valvano, now a college basketball analyst, has been diagnosed with cancer, ESPN reported Thursday.
The brief story at the end of a network telecast did not elaborate on the type of cancer, nor did it give any details of the extent of Valvano's illness.
"This next story is a tough one to report," sportscaster Bob Ley said. "But we will tell it to you straight out, the way that Jim Valvano would want us to."
Ley reported that Valvano, 46, is at his home "in excellent spirits."
Valvano's phone number is unlisted, and he could not be reached for comment Thursday night.
Chris LaPlaca, ESPN vice president for communications, said there were few other details to be made available Thursday night. He said Valvano is not taking calls.