Michigan State University issued an apology for displaying an image of Adolf Hitler on the videoboard during a trivia quiz before the school's football game against in-state rivals, the University

of Michigan, on Saturday.

"MSU is aware that inappropriate content by a third-party source was displayed on the videoboard prior to the start of tonight's football game," said Michigan State athletic director Matt Larson in a statement. "We are deeply sorry for the content that was displayed, as this is not representative of our institutional values."

Photos of Hitler on the videoboard at Spartan Stadium, along with a trivia question asking about his birthplace, began circulating on social media before kickoff.

The university has decided to discontinue its use of the third-party source that provided the image and will implement more robust screening procedures for all videoboard content in the future, added Larson.

Michigan State revealed that the video in question was sourced from a YouTube page called "The Quiz Channel," which had been used all season before each home game.

"Prior to last night, the content has not been objectionable," the university stated. "As the statement acknowledges, we will implement stronger screening of all content to better ensure something like this never happens again."

CNN has reached out to the channel for comment.

This apology follows a challenging series of events for Michigan State's football program, which lost the Saturday night game against its rival, Michigan, by a score of 49-0. The university has also taken steps to terminate head coach Mel Tucker, related to allegations of sexual harassment, just two years after he signed a substantial 10-year, $95 million contract.

The trivia incident also occurred during a period of heightened tensions on many college campuses, concerning the Israel-Gaza war, and in the backdrop of rising concerns about antisemitism and Islamophobia. Photo by Branislav Ondrasik, Wikimedia commons.