COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The fired director of Ohio State's celebrated marching band conducted the alumni band during its annual game-day appearance at Ohio Stadium.
Jonathan Waters was also among alumni musicians who marched into the stadium Saturday for the Buckeyes' game against Kent State.
The 37-year-old Waters was fired July 24 after a university investigation concluded he knew about but didn't stop a "sexualized culture" within what's called The Best Damn Band in The Land. The band is well known for its elaborate halftime shows, which have drawn hundreds of thousands of views online.
TBDBITL Alumni Club members have backed Waters' reinstatement. A representative said all former members and past directors were invited to Saturday's event. About 700 signed up.
The university stands by the firing.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- J.T. Barrett matched a school record with six touchdown passes -- five in the first half -- to lead No. 22 Ohio State, rebounding from a loss to Virginia Tech, to a 66-0 victory over Kent State on Saturday.
The win was the 39th in a row over an in-state opponent for the Buckeyes (2-1), who haven't lost since a 7-6 setback to Oberlin in 1921.
Nick Holley had six receptions for Kent State (0-3), which got $850,000 to get pounded before a crowd of 104,404 at Ohio Stadium.
Now the Buckeyes, who plummeted 14 spots in the polls and weathered a lot of criticism after last week's 35-21 loss at home to the Hokies, have a bye week before hosting Cincinnati on Sept. 27.
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3Q KENT TEAM punt blocked by J. Greene,blocked by Jeff Greene,TEAM punt 32 yards to the OHIOST34, recovered by OHIOST Tanner, Ron at OHIOST22, fumble by Tanne
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