Posted by: marcmwm | April 8, 2009

UI: Podolak back in the booth (with Gary Dolphin reaction)

From UI sports information:


The University of Iowa athletics department and Learfield Sports are pleased to announce that Ed Podolak will be back in the broadcast booth on Saturday, Sept. 5th, when the Iowa Hawkeyes open the 2009 football season against Northern Iowa in Kinnick Stadium.

Podolak announced, in early January, he was retiring from his Hawkeye radio duties. Podolak recently met with Iowa athletics director Gary Barta and brought him up-to-date on his personal development. He also expressed an interest in returning to the booth. Barta and Podolak agreed that his return to the booth is something that pleases all Hawkeye fans.

Barta had the following comment concerning Podolak’s return:

“It’s great to know Ed will be back in the booth for another Hawkeye football season. He has the football knowledge, he knows Iowa’s history, and wears Hawkeye pride on his sleeve better than anyone I’ve met. I’m very proud of Ed, and can’t wait to hear him calling the games this fall.”


News of Podolak’s retirement was first reported here. The legendary former Hawkeye all-American and radio analyst for 28 years retired in the wake of unflattering photos that surfaced after the Outback Bowl. Podolak was shown with a female Iowa fan and appeared intoxicated.

The Gazette’s Mike Hlas wrote a poignant column on the topic.

In February, the UI announced that Podolak entered treatment and the search for his replacement had been suspended.

Talks about a return to the booth started in early March, after some six weeks in rehabilitation. Sources close to the situation said Podolak remained in high spirits and was upbeat in his outlook toward the future.

Podolak, 61, will speak to the media Saturday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

I e-mailed Iowa play-by-play voice Gary Dolphin (the man on Ed’s left in the photo below, BTW) on Wednesday afternoon and he had this to say:

“For me personally, its like Christmas morning and hitting the lottery. For those who listen on game day to the Hawkeye Radio Network, I would think its like discovering that ol’ friend isn’t leaving after all. Ed and I have developed such a brotherly relationship over the last 12 years, I’m excited that it’s going to continue for hopefully a few more. I want Eddie to go out on his terms, and now he has that chance. Chemistry is so important when you are trying to describe a game live, keep pace with the play and the moment. Ed is the best at crystallizing what just happened.

“He and I have had several conversations over the past week and I can tell you he’s anxious to resume his career in the broadcast booth, due in large part to all the support he’s received the past few months from Iowa fans and listeners. I want to thank them for their support, as well as (UI President) Sally Mason, Gary Barta and the University for their resolve and fair handling of the whole matter.”  


Photo courtesy of UI Sports Information

Photo courtesy of UI Sports Information





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