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A former Husker football player has gotten diversion for striking a pregnant woman in the neck at the Champions Club while watching the Purdue game.

The Lancaster County Attorney's office originally charged Michael McCashland, 57, of Omaha, with third-degree assault on a pregnant woman, a felony, but later reduced it to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

McCashland since has been approved for pre-trial diversion, according to court records. If he's successful, the case will be dismissed.

In the affidavit for McCashland's arrest, a University Police officer said on Sept. 29, a 29-year-old Gretna woman told an off-duty Nebraska State Patrol trooper working security at the club near Memorial Stadium that McCashland struck her in the neck.

She told the trooper he had been agitated when someone with her had asked him to move.

McCashland's attorney, John Ball, declined to comment Monday.

McCashland, a Lincoln East graduate, played defensive back for Nebraska from 1981-84. 

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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