The son of Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps says his father will announce his retirement at a news conference today.

Rick Phelps, sports editor of the University of Toledo student newspaper The Collegian, confirmed his father's decision to leave the Fighting Irish after 20 years in a column today.Phelps wrote that his father said 10 years ago that he did not plan to be coaching basketball at the age of 50 "because there were other things that he wants to do in life."

Digger Phelps will turn 50 on July 4, and his son writes that he plans to spend time with a soon-to-be-born first grandchild.

The coach has a 1 p.m. MDT news conference today at the school to discuss his coaching status.

Meanwhile, school officials would not confirm any reports concerning Phelps' status.

"The speculation involving him will be put to rest at the press conference," Notre Dame sports information director John Heisler said.

Phelps has been the subject of resignation rumors since the Irish completed a 12-20 season, its worst since a 6-20 campaign in Phelps' first year at Notre Dame 20 years ago.

He was regularly booed at home games this season, which increased speculation that his job might be in jeopardy. Most speculation has had Phelps leaving Notre Dame to work in television.