Radio Keokuk has received the following notification from Learfield Sports:
Feb. 27, 2019 — Hawkeye Sports Properties, the multimedia rights manager for University of Iowa Athletics, today announced it will reinstate play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin beginning with coverage of football spring practice. Dolphin will also return for the 2019-2020 football and men’s basketball seasons.
The reinstatement decision, like the suspension, was made by Learfield’s Hawkeye Sports Properties, following collaborative engagement with the Iowa Athletics Department. Dolphin has served as “Voice of the Hawkeyes” since 1996.
Dolphin was suspended on Friday through the remainder of the men’s basketball season for an inappropriate comment during the Feb. 19 broadcast of the Iowa men’s basketball game against Maryland.
Dolphin and Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta will participate in a 3 pm CT press conference at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Dolphin was suspended on February 22nd after making an “inappropriate comment” during the Iowa men’s basketball game against Maryland.
Dolphin made the following comment about Terrapins forward Bruno Fernando “They (the Maryland Terrapins) had some pretty good long-range shooting and then Fernando was King Kong at the end of the game.”
There was immediate backlash from the Hawkeyes community and sports journalists nationwide on the suspension, including an online petition to re-instate Dolphin signed by up to 29,000 people at the time of this publication.