OSU board hears from ex-band director’s backers

In this Sept. 7, 2013 photo, Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters leads the band in "Carmen Ohio" following a NCAA football game against San Diego State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. OSU on Thursday, July 24, 2014 fired Waters amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns)
In this Sept. 7, 2013 photo, Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters leads the band in "Carmen Ohio" following a NCAA football game against San Diego State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. OSU on Thursday, July 24, 2014 fired Waters amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Supporters of the fired Ohio State University marching band director are out in force for a meeting of the university trustees.

Dozens of alumni musicians and other supporters of Jonathan Waters gathered for Friday’s meeting, serenading the event with fight songs and anthems familiar to fans of what’s known as The Best Damn Band in The Land. A pro-Waters banner was flown overhead.

Board chairman Jeffrey Wadsworth planned to give Waters’ supporters an opportunity to address the board after trustees concluded their business around noon. Wadsworth has said trustees won’t revisit Waters’ July 24 termination.

Waters’ dismissal followed a two-month university investigation concluding he knew about but failed to stop a “sexualized culture” of rituals within the band. His backers have criticized the probe as riddled with inaccuracies and mischaracterizations.

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