The match between Nebraska and Stanford should have been one that showed why women's college volleyball is a sport that should get more attention. It has all the drama and action of any of the other major sports. It has fans sitting on the edge of their seats all match long.

On Saturday night (December 15), a five-set showdown took place between the Huskers and Cardinal that could go down as one of the best national title matches in recent history. Instead, attention is being paid to an illustration that showed up shortly after the contest. As Stanford began to celebrate its eighth volleyball national title, a picture in the locker room showed a white board drawing that Cornhusker fans have found rather offensive.

Offensive picture shocks fans

The picture, which I think was posted by Stanford Volleyball, and subsequently taken down, was captured by more than a few Nebraska fans. It shows what appears to be some pregame motivation with some rather profane art. The picture has an admittedly well-done picture of Herbie Husker (though he's holding a football) with the Stanford tree mascot next to him. Herbie appears to be on fire, and the tree is pointing a gun at him with one hand while extending the middle finger of his other hand toward the Nebraska mascot.

Surrounding the picture are several misspelled hashtags, some that also have profane comments included. Above the illustration that has caused an uproar is a caption that says in part, "to hell the Huskers," further showing off what appears to be a lack of attention to grammar or spelling.

It's clear Stanford was attempting to get itself revved up against one of the teams that have been among the best in the college volleyball world for quite a while. Also, the Los Angeles Lakers are trying to acquire Anthony Davis.

Stanford apologizes for offensive picture

While most of the attention that Nebraska is getting these days has been on what four-star prospects the football program might be able to reel in, the volleyball team did get the attention on Saturday night.

Most of that attention was how well they played, and the fact that they almost knocked off the sport's perennial power. The circulation of a picture that had a gun aimed at Herbie drew quite a bit of anger. On Sunday morning (December 16), Stanford's athletic director issued an apology. In that apology, he stated that the picture in the background was offensive and doesn't reflect on the values that Stanford holds dear.