Husker hackles were raised Saturday night when a photograph popped up on social media of a whiteboard in Stanford’s locker room that appeared to mock Nebraska and its fans.
Shortly after the top-ranked Cardinal’s 28-26, 22-25, 25-16, 15-25, 15-12 win over the Huskers to claim their eighth national title, NCAA Volleyball posted a celebratory photo from inside the Target Center locker room in Minneapolis. The tweet was deleted, but not before several Twitter users took screen shots and shared them.
The drawing depicted the Stanford Tree, the unofficial mascot of the school’s marching band, making crude gestures toward Herbie Husker. One hand sprouting from the tree flipped the bird while another pointed a gun.
The incident prompted an apology from Stanford Athletics Director Bernard Muir.
“We are aware of a picture taken in our team’s locker room following the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship and posted on social media,” Muir said in a statement. “The image in the background of the picture is unacceptable and does not reflect the values of Stanford University. We have reached out to our colleagues at Nebraska to express our sincerest apologies to the university and its women’s volleyball program. We regret detracting from what was otherwise a great night for the sport of women’s volleyball.”
Twitter reaction from Nebraska fans was mostly hostile, though some said that people were overreacting. Many commented that the Stanford coach and players should have apologized instead of the athletic director.
An NU athletic department spokesperson said Sunday afternoon that Nebraska had no comment on the issue.
It's not a great look for Stanford, especially in an environment where everyone calls foul on poor choices of words and images. The AD apology is appropriate, but if there is someone responsible it's the head coach. He owns the locker room.— Jeff Rocke (@jjrocke) December 16, 2018
I don’t think there are any drawings in Nebraska’s locker room of Stanford players getting shot by Herbie.— Crooks Z (@CrooksSteve) December 16, 2018
I can’t believe people are getting so worked up by a stupid drawing in the Stanford locker room. Who cares, every single one of their players were gracious and praised Nebraska in their interviews after the match — focus on that.— Joel Schafer (@joelschafer) December 16, 2018
Twitter reaction from Nebraska fans was mostly hostile, though some said that people were overreacting to the photo. Many commented that the Stanford coach and players should have apologized instead of the athletic director.
A Nebraska Athletic Department spokesperson said Sunday afternoon that Nebraska had no comment on the issue.