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Fired OSU band director vows to clear name

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An attorney says the fired director of Ohio State University's celebrated marching band has become a scapegoat for behavior that occurred before his leadership and he'll fight to clear his name.

Jonathan Waters was dismissed Thursday after a two-month investigation determined he knew about and failed to stop a "sexualized" culture of rituals. Investigators found students were pressured to march in their underwear, sing lewd songs and perform sexually themed stunts to earn often explicit nicknames.

Waters' attorney, David Axelrod, says Waters had worked to change the band's culture and chose not to resign because he didn't believe he had acted improperly.

Waters led what's known to fans as "The Best Damn Band in the Land" since 2012.

Videos of the band's halftime shows draw millions of viewers on YouTube.

 
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