Northern Illinois player attacks Toledo band member (Update)

Northern Illinois players celebrate their 63-60 win over Toledo.

"The band is on the field!"

It's one of the most familiar calls in college football history.

In 1982, the Stanford band thought the game against Cal was over and prematurely made their way onto the field, only to be in the middle of one of the greatest plays in college football history.

In Tuesday night's Northern Illinois-Toledo game, there was a similar scene with very different circumstances.

As the Huskies took the field prior to the game, the University of Toledo band was making their way off the field.

While the overwhelming majority of NIU players avoid the band, an ESPN camera caught one who intentionally left his feet and hit a band member in the head.

Look at the far right of your screen in the accompanying video at number-6, who is listed on the roster as Jamaal Bass, a 6'0'', 220 lb freshman linebacker.


Late Wednesday afternoon, Northern Illinois announced they have suspended Bass for one game.

The University issued the following statement:

After reviewing the tape of last night TMs pregame encounter between our team and the University of Toledo TMs marching band, and discussing the situation with [NIU Director of Athletics] Jeff Compher, we have decided to suspend Jamaal for our next game, said NIU Head Coach Dave Doeren. His actions were not representative of the Huskie football program. I met with Jamaal early this morning and he understands that and is extremely remorseful."

I want to publicly apologize to the Rocket Marching Band and to the University of Toledo. We are embarrassed at what occurred and take full responsibility for the situation. I will do whatever is necessary to ensure that something like this never happens again.

NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher added that he has been in contact with the Mid-American Conference Office throughout the day and has made them aware of the actions taken by Northern Illinois.

I want to add my sincere apologies to the Rocket Marching Band and the entire University of Toledo community on behalf of Huskie Athletics and Northern Illinois University, Compher said.

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