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Gary Dolphin Reinstated for 2019-20 Basketball Season


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In a move that could have been announced a week ago, Gary Dolphin will be re-instated as the voice of the Hawkeyes for next year’s basketball season.

Here’s the unsigned release from Hawkeye Sports Properties:

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.

This comes over a week after the described incident from Dolphin and five days after the initial suspension.

Barta and Dolphin will meet with the media for the first time this afternoon. And that press conference will probably be overshadowed by Fran McCaffery’s antics last night.

Reminder: Gary Barta is not our standard.