Ed Podolak, the Iowa radio announcer who "retired" from the broadcast booth after photos of him drinking surfaced on the Internet, is seeking "professional treatment."
Podolak, who issued a statement through the University of Iowa, did not say he planned to return to the broadcast booth, but Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said the search for Podolak's replacement has been put on hold.
"I talked with Ed over the weekend, and he sounded positive and focused about his decision," Barta said. "He did not officially indicate he will be coming out of retirement, but in light of this recent development, I've spoken with Learfield and we have put the search for his replacement on hold."
Barta added: "I wholeheartedly support Ed in his decision to enter treatment. He will be in my thoughts and prayers. We’ll all be cheering for him. The number one priority is his health."
Podolak said "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.
"The unbelievable outpouring of concern and love from Iowa fans everywhere has also had a big impact on my decision ... 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."