Podolak Seeks Treatment, Iowa Delays Search For New Analyst
January 29, 2009 at 5:14 AM (PT)
The UNIVERSITY OF IOWA's search to replace ED PODOLAK as color commentator on its football radio network has been put on hold while PODOLAK enters treatment for an undisclosed reason that the DES MOINES REGISTER reports is "apparently alcohol-related." PODOLAK recently announced his retirement in the wake of pictures surfacing on a website that showed the former HAWKEYE, pro football player and 27-year HAWKEYE radio analyst appearing intoxicated and peering down a woman's blouse. The school's initial announcement of PODOLAK's departure did not mention the pictures and characterized his exit as his own decision.
"After considerable deliberation with my family and close friends, I’ve decided to seek professional treatment. Over the last few months the people closest to me in life have convinced me that treatment is in my best interest," PODOLAK said in a statement issued WEDNESDAY morning. "The unbelievable outpouring of concern and love from IOWA fans everywhere has also had a big impact on my decision. I’ll always be a HAWKEYE, but their prayers and well wishes have made this decision much easier. I continue to ask for the prayers and thoughts of all IOWA fans as I undertake this journey. My hope is that treatment will make me a better husband and father and a better person to my friends."
"I wholeheartedly support ED in his decision to enter treatment," said Athletic Dir. GARY BARTA said, "He will be in my thoughts and prayers. We'll all be cheering for him. The number-one priority is his health. I talked with ED over the weekend, and he sounded positive and focused about his decision. He did not officially indicate he will be coming out of retirement, but in light of this recent development, I've spoken with LEARFIELD (SPORTS, radio rightsholder) and we have put the search for his replacement on hold. From Iowa fans everywhere, good luck, ED!"