Sensitive Sacramento State alums and students may not want to read any further.
Forty-niners defensive coordinator Vic Fangio today was asked what he thought about rookie safety Eric Reid getting his first NFL start Sunday against a quarterback as accomplished and savvy as Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers.
"I'm sure there are other teams we would prefer him to start against," Fangio said before going for the kill shot. "But there are no Sacramento States in this league."
Why, of the myriad college programs, did Fangio pick on your beloved Hornets, who, by the way, beat Colorado in Boulder last season and a year earlier beat Oregon State in Corvalis in the season opener? (Take that, Fangio!) Why not some sounds-like-it-was-made up school like Tarleton State or College of the Ozarks or St. Olaf or Duke? Or he could have used a good ol' standby like The Little Sisters of the Poor.
Fangio may have seized Sac State from his memory bank because in 2010, his only season coaching in the college ranks, his Stanford defense opened against Sacramento State. Stanford won 52-17. Some guy named Andrew Luck was the Cardinal quarterback - he threw four touchdowns that day -- while the Hornets' starter got hurt.
But it should be noted that someone was impressed by Sacramento State that day. The 49ers would later sign both of the Hornets quarterbacks who played in the Stanford game, albeit to quickie contracts. McLeod Bethel-Thompson, the starter who was injured that day, spent the 2011 training camp with the 49ers. His backup, Jeff Fleming, took part in a 49ers rookie minicamp the next year.
Bathel-Thompson is now the Vikings' No. 3 quarterback.
-- Matt Barrows