That was sort of the situation I found myself in on Monday morning, getting a wakeup call from my boss - Senior Director of Communications Bill Shapland - at around 7 a.m. and telling me to get dressed and meet him in the lobby as we needed to meet up with the basketball team.
Junior guard Austin Freeman, who did not start against Notre Dame on Saturday because of a stomach virus, made the trip to West Virginia for tonight's game against the Mountaineers (ESPN, ESPN 980 AM, 7 p.m.), but took a turn for the worse overnight and the decision was made to send him back to Washington.
So Shap drove Austin back to D.C. this morning, allowing him to get back to campus, to see the team doctor at Georgetown University Hospital and get some treatment and rest, rather than sit in the hotel all day and then bus back with the team late on Monday night.
Tonight will be a chance for other players - freshmen Hollis Thompson, Vee Sanford and Jerrelle Benimon - to step into a new role and help the team out in an important BIG EAST game against a top-10 opponent.
many ways, I will be filling in the same role.
With Shap not here, I am serving as the primary team spokesman, something I've done before since I came to Georgetown, but not in a situation when the team's leading scorer - Freeman is averaging 17.5 points per game, including 19.3 points against BIG EAST opponents - is not playing.
can be a daunting role to step into someone's shoes, but it's all about
perspective and not letting nerves get to you.
For Thompson, Sanford, Benimon and the other players on the roster, it's a chance for them to show more of what they can do.
Those guys that get the chance tonight, like me, will be doing the driving.