Back when there were only ten teams in The Big Ten, I felt no one could ever replace Jim Zabel as “The Voice of the Hawkeyes.” Four teams later I realize I was wrong. Gary Dolphin has become equally loved by Iowa fans.
I have heard the audits of Gary’s “indiscretions,” the first simply stating that which any knowledgeable Iowa fan knows to be true. It has been years since Iowa has been able to recruit the quintessential point guard every elite team must have to advance far into The Tournament. That he mentioned one player’s name specifically in his comments was, as I’m sure he would agree if asked, the one thing he regrets most about the incident other than not double checking to make sure his microphone was turned off. A simple reprimand by management along with the task of personally making amends would seem to have been enough punishment for such an unintentional “misdemeanor.”
So once again Dolph finds himself in the hot seat for comparing a Maryland player to King Kong during post game comments. Anyone in his right mind who actually listens to the recording of what he said couldn’t help but agree the intent of his message was to be complimentary to the player and in no way intended as a racial slur, simply emphasizing the player’s physical dominance and unparalleled stature on the court. The justification for the controversy that has ensued is as fictional as the character he chose to reference.