Stanford’s athletic director Bernard Muir released a statement Sunday morning regarding a controversial image that surfaced following their victory over the Nebraska Huskers in Saturday’s NCAA volleyball championship. The image drawn on a whiteboard in the Stanford locker room, which was tweeted and subsequently deleted by NCAA volleyball, depicted Stanford’s pine tree mascot pointing a gun at and directing a crude gesture toward Herbie Husker.
“The image in the background of the picture is unacceptable and does not reflect the values of Stanford University,” Muir said. “We have reached out to our colleagues at Nebraska to express our sincerest apologies to the university and its women's volleyball program.”
He said he regretted that the photo took away from what was otherwise a great night for women’s volleyball.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln athletic department has not released a statement regarding the incident.