College football coaches come and go at this time of year, but it's the way athletes receive the news that's often troubling.
Take two Bay Area programs.
When Cal hired Sonny Dykes to replace Jeff Tedford, media outlets broke the story before the players were informed by school officials. That's one of the negatives of the Internet and social media technology.
We texted two Cal players about their thoughts on Dykes coming to Berkeley; both responded that they hadn't heard a word. "It's not right that we're left in limbo," one responded. "We should know who the coach is before fans and media. Don't players matter?"
Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour was out of the state when the Bears announced Dykes' hiring, but couldn't she have assigned someone to round up the players for an update before the news got out?
San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre bolted for Colorado this week, and again players were not formally told until after the news was out.
Schools demand that their student-athletes do things the right way. Why not those making the demands?
What to watch I
NBA, Kings at Oklahoma City, 5 p.m., CSNCA: Center DeMarcus Cousins will be back against the team with the best record in the league.
What to watch II
High school football, Granite Bay vs. Long Beach Poly, 8 p.m., CSNCA: Can the Grizzlies beat the Jackrabbits in tonight's CIF State Bowl Division I game?
Who will win the NBA title this season?
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Thursday's poll results
What should be done about Kings center DeMarcus Cousins?
Counsel him: 26%
Trade him: 46%
Bench him: 22%
Total votes: 360