Things a Jersey Guy took note of this week: It was only a footnote in another week of news filled with a college football playoff system, the National Football League draft and the NBA playoffs.
But in the world of college athletics, in the even smaller world of college basketball, time stopped for an instant with the announcement of the death of long time Georgetown Sports Information Director Bill Shapland.
Shap was 57 and the news of his passing was more of a surprise than a shock. He had been battling health problems for the past few years and had been hospitalized with a series of ailments.
Shapland was a Jersey guy before he was a Georgetown guy, which dates back almost 40 years. While the world lived through the Georgetown era of John Thompson and Allen Iverson, both the good and the bad, which prompted the term “Hoya Paranoia” , it was Shap who carried the message–both good and bad to the media.