Towson University baseball coach Mike Gottlieb got the call March 8 at 9:07 a.m. — a time he has committed to memory.
We need you to meet with us at 9:45 a.m., athletic director Mike Waddell told him. Call your players and tell them to come, too, at 10.
It wasn't good news, Waddell said.
Disgusted, Gottlieb called no one. But soon team members, some in class and others still at home, saw messages flash on their cellphones from an unknown number. It said they'd be excused from class if they showed up soon for a meeting at the Johnny Unitas Stadium Field House on campus.
What happened next has resonated far beyond Towson's...