Hawkeye Sports Properties to reinstate Gary Dolphin in spring

Dolphin will start up again with football this spring and fall, and he will also call men’s basketball next season.


Joseph Cress

Veteran voice of the Hawkeyes Gary Dolphin speaks with Iowa linebackers coach Seth Wallace during Iowa football media day on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. The Hawkeyes will play open up non-conference play against Wyoming at 11 a.m. (CT) on Saturday, Sept. 2.

Adam Hensley, Pregame Editor

On Feb. 27, Hawkeye Sports Properties announced that it will reinstate Iowa play-by-play broadcaster Gary Dolphin.

In his 22nd year calling Hawkeye sports, Dolphin will start back up in the spring with football coverage, according to a release. He will also call men’s basketball next season.

Dolphin was originally suspended “indefinitely” after he referred to Maryland’s Bruno Fernando as “King Kong” after the Terrapins’ 66-65 win over the Hawkeyes on Feb. 19.

“During a broadcast, I used a comparison when trying to describe a talented Maryland basketball player,” Dolphin said in a release on Feb. 22. “In no way did I intend to offend nor disparage the player. I take full responsibility for my inappropriate word choice and offer a sincere apology to him and anyone else who was offended. I wish the Iowa Hawkeye players, coaches, and fans all the very best as they head into the final stretch of the season. I will use this time as an opportunity to grow as a person and learn more about unconscious bias.”

Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta scheduled a press conference with Dolphin at 3 p.m. on Feb. 27, marking the first comments for Barta since Dolphin’s suspension was announced.