In one case, they were treated as near criminals by Michael Adams during that process as he called the cops to have them removed from his lawn rather than this discuss their situation in person.
Chip Towers of the AJC says that this time, UGA got it right. They let the players know in a professional fashion before the media had the story, and they let Felton talk to his kids in an organized manner. Per the AJC:
As mundane as all that may sound, the order of events was really important to the players. Last time the Bulldogs had a change, the players found out via the media that their coach had been dismissed and the team yanked from postseason play. And lest we forget, the players are, after all, the ones most intimately affected by these changes.We're clearly doing a better job of managing the blocking and tackling under Damon than we did in the past.