The University of Toledo marching band had a rough encounter with the Northern Illinois University football team Tuesday night. Several players were knocked to the ground, and left the field with some bumps and bruises.
Dylan Johnson is a freshman at UT. He plays the trumpet in the Rocket marching band. He said, "we always march off from pre-game and then have to run around the sidelines and the other team ran onto the field before we were off."
The whole incident was caught on tape. At least one band member falls to the ground and another looks like they were hit in the face. "Some people got knocked around," Johnson said. "There was one girl who had an ice pack on her ankle but was fine later that night." But the big issue was when NIU linebacker, Jamaal Bass, appears to intentionally throw his shoulder into a band member.
After the administration at Northern Illinois saw the video, Bass was suspended from the Huskie's next game against Bowling Green State University.
In a letter of apology, the Huskie's head coach, Dave Doerer wrote, "I know that a public apology cannot undo what happened Tuesday night, but know that we are very embarrassed and take full responsibility for the situation. I will do whatever is necessary to ensure that something like this never occurs again."
As far as the University of Toledo, officials have not made a comment, except to say they are gathering more information about the incident.
All of the band members were at practice Wednesday afternoon. We're told their injuries were very minor. In the meantime, the band has changed up their pre-game routine, so something like this doesn't happen again.