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Linebacker indicted in UT marching band assault case

Northern Illinois linebacker Jamaal Bass has been indicted in Ohio on a felonious assault charge on allegations he intentionally ran into the Toledo marching band, knocking down a member, as he took the field when the teams played in November.

The Lucas County grand jury on Friday also indicted the redshirt freshman from Miramar, Fla., on a misdemeanor assault charge.

Bass was suspended after the 63-60 victory at Toledo. Coach Dave Deren apologized to the band and the university, saying the program was embarrassed.

The Blade newspaper in Toledo reports that a recording appears to show Bass jumping shoulder-first into the face of a band member and knocking over another.

Messages to the Northern Illinois athletic department weren't immediately returned Tuesday. No defense attorney was listed in online court records.

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