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2014 Big Ten Media Days: Urban Meyer talks question marks, defensive line a bright spot for Ohio State

July 28, 2014
CHICAGO –– To start his time at the 2014 Big Ten Media Days, Urban Meyer was ready to answer the first question before it was ever asked. “Our quarterback –– I know we’ll get asked that question –– is ready to go,” the Ohio State coach said during his opening statement. “He’s full speed, in the best shape of his life.” That quarterback, senior Braxton Miller, came in ninth in the 2013 Heisman Trophy voting before injuring his shoulder during OSU’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson in January. Miller’s status heading into 2014 has been a lingering question mark, and the Buckeyes are without former-backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, who set… Read more

Rivalries, expansion, rule changes headline first day of 2014 Big Ten Media Days

July 28, 2014
CHICAGO –– It may only be July, but the Big Ten football season is already heating up. The discussion of rivalries in the realigned Big Ten Conference was a point of emphasis Monday as a coach from each of the 14 teams took to the podium, and the coaches from the top two Big Ten teams from last year did not agree on what constituted a rivalry. Reigning Big Ten and Rose Bowl Champion Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said he believes the rivalries within the East Division will make for a competitive 2014 season. “Great games and a lot of games, a lot of teams that have built-in rivalries.… Read more

Letter to the editor: Ohio State officials acted unfairly in firing marching band director

July 27, 2014
Letter to the editor: While I do not officially represent the views of the Ohio State University Marching Band or the TBDBITL Alumni Club, I believe I can speak for a very large and unified group of  former band members and their families, friends and supporters that feel that officials from the Ohio State University have acted harshly, unfairly and without just cause in terminating its director, Jonathan Waters. Many of us personally know Jon Waters, and many of us happen to have been former band members who have spent time under Jon’s leadership as assistant and head director. We want to state loud and clear that, while we do… Read more

Former Ohio State band director Jonathan Waters yells, curses at student on recording

July 25, 2014
Former Ohio State marching band director Jonathan Waters seems to have been caught on tape yelling at a student. Waters was fired Thursday after a two-month OSU investigation into a complaint from a band member’s parent found “serious cultural issues and an environment conducive to sexual harassment within the marching band,” according to an OSU statement. It was found that Waters was either aware of or reasonably should have been aware of that culture but did not do enough to address it. Part of the investigation looked at whether Waters was “sometimes abusive towards students.” The report cited two examples of Waters yelling and cursing at students, one of which… Read more

Ohio State Marching Band to perform 1 day after termination of director

July 25, 2014
The Ohio State University Marching Band is still set to give one of its first performances of the season following the termination of its director nearly a day before. The band will perform Friday night with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at Picnic with the Pops under the batons of OSU concert band director Russell Mikkelson and Columbus Symphony resident director Albert-George Schram. The band was originally set to be conducted by former director Jonathan Waters, who was terminated Thursday after a two-month investigation revealed the band had “an environment conducive to sexual harassment,” according to a statement from President Michael Drake released Thursday. A 23-page investigation report posted on an… Read more

Audio: Former Ohio State band director Jonathan Waters yells, curses at student

July 25, 2014
Editor’s note: This recording contains explicit language.… Read more