It was late in the second half of a recent college basketball game when a referee’s call went in favor of visiting Howard University.
A fan of the opposing team, George Washington, held up a sign that said “Alternate Facts” to voice their displeasure at the Smith Center in northwest Washington.
A few feet away, on the Howard bench, assistant coach and Laurel resident Sean Whalen was immersed in conversation with Kyle Foster, one of seven freshmen on the Bisons roster this season.
Whalen, who grew up in Laurel Lakes and graduated from St. Vincent Pallotti High in 1997, was dressed in a brownish suit and carried a clipboard. He gave a few pointers to Foster, a reserve for...