Everything was set up for a great homecoming for Elk Grove (Calif.) football coach Chris Nixon. The Thundering Herd head man was leading his team into a game against Nevada Union (Calif.) High, the school where Nixon had played his own high school football.
Even better, they were playing against Nevada Union during Union's homecoming. A homecoming for a homecoming. Perfect.
According to the Sacramento Bee's Joe Davidson, everything leading up to the game was going splendidly until the public address announcer made reference to Nixon's days as a player at Nevada Union.
After making the effort to note his connection to the school -- a nice touch, all agreed -- the public address announcer mentioned that Nixon was the son of a former state champion Nevada Union football coach, whom the announcer named as "the late Marshall Nixon."
There was only one problem with that statement: Marshall Nixon is still alive and well.
"My dad's still alive -- I think," Chris Nixon told the Bee. "He was in the stands."
Luckily for all involved, both Nixons took the slight snubbing of the elder Nixon's vibrant health with a grain of salt. The younger coaching Nixon was certainly in a pleasant mood to talk about the miscue after his team rolled to a 23-7 victory, its fifth in a still young season.
"It was nice of them inviting me back for homecoming," Nixon told the Elk Grove Citizen. "It's the first time in 20-some years I've been here for it, so I was excited to come back.
"To come here against a well-coached Division I team ... we're just excited to be able to compete with teams like this."
- Nevada Union