Gary Dolphin, Iowa’s play-by-play radio announcer for football and men’s basketball, announced yesterday that he’s been diagnosed with prostrate cancer. Dolphin, 60, said the cancer was detected early and he expects to fulfill his job duties this year, his 15th with Iowa.

“My doctors are confident they’ve caught the cancer in the early stages and I will attack it aggressively with radiation treatment,” said Dolphin. “Barring unforeseen circumstances, I expect to fulfill all my responsibilities to the University and Learfield Sports, where football and basketball are concerned.

“In the meantime I would appreciate the prayers and well wishes from Hawkeye fans all over the country. I’d also like to urge ALL males, age 50 and above, to have the simple PSA blood test performed. It could save their life.”

Dolphin has the support of his bosses.

“We’ll be with Dolph every step of the way through his treatment of this disease,” said Chuck Schroeder, general manager of Hawkeye Sports Properties. “Gary is a huge part of Hawkeye Sports Properties and the Hawkeye Radio Network. We have great confidence that he’ll be ready when we go on the air in a few short weeks.”