Created: Monday, March 19, 2012 5:36 p.m. CDT
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2012 8:50 p.m. CDT

Compher: Bass still on team after assault charges


Northern Illinois athletics director Jeff Compher said freshman linebacker Jamaal Bass' status on the football team has not changed after criminal charges were filed Friday for hitting Toledo band members exiting the field before a November football game.

"As the legal proceedings in Toledo involving NIU football player Jamaal Bass are ongoing, we will reserve any comment until that process is complete," Compher said in a news statement released by NIU on Monday night. "Jamaal is currently enrolled at Northern Illinois and his status with the football program has not changed."

Bass was indicted by a Lucas County grand jury Friday on one count of felonious assault and one count of misdemeanor assault, according to a report Monday in the Toledo Blade. The felonious assault charge carries a maximum sentence of up to eight years in prison.

Bass can be seen on a recording of the incident jumping shoulder-first into the face of a band member and knocking over another as his team ran onto the field as the band exited.

The incident prompted NIU coach Dave Doeren to issue a statement apologizing to the Rocket marching band and the University of Toledo. In that statement, the university said Bass was to be suspended from the following game, but the expension was extended to three games after NIU learned the band members received concussions.

The case has been assigned to Judge James Jensen although an arraignment date has not yet been set, according to the Blade report.

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