Sacramento State Hornets are more than twenty men’s and women’s teams: football, baseball, softball, volleyball, gymnastics, athletics, tennis, rowing, golf, biathlon, and basketball. They represent California State University, Sacramento, in NCAA Division I intercollegiate competitions. Most sports participate in the Big Sky Conference, but some teams are members of the Big West Conference, American Athletic Conference, and the Western Athletic Conference.
The planned relocation of football players to the Football Bowl Subdivision did not take place – the state refused to fund the construction of a new sports complex. The university could not compensate for the expenses at the expense of students and teachers.
Meaning and History
The Sacramento State Hornets emblems depict the hornet, the main mascot of the university teams. Moreover, there is a clear evolution in the design – the transition from a frivolous cartoon style to modern abstraction.
1991 – 2003
The 1991 logo looks childish: it features a striped yellow and black hornet with a human face and two arms. He is wearing a green sweater with a white “SAC” abbreviation.
2004 – 2005
In 2004, a new brand name was adopted. The developers focused on the name of the sports department, so the phrase “Sacramento State Hornets” takes up most of the space. The first two words are written in bold green letters on a black background, making the Hornets appear to be lost in their background. In the lower right corner is a flying hornet with a sharp sting.
2006 – present
The next redesign of the logo took place in 2006. The authors revised the style, removing the drawing, and inscriptions. Instead, they introduced a stylized “S” with curls and curves. But attentive viewers may notice a hornet’s veiled hint: small geometric shapes located on both sides of the letter look like the wings of an insect.