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TBDBITL Outrage: 7 Days Of Silence From OSU Leaders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - A week has passed since the firing of former Ohio State Marching Band director Jonathan Waters following an investigation into allegations of a "sexualized culture" from a band member's parent.

Waters was fired on July 24 after a two-month investigation by the Office of the University Compliance.

Support has been growing for Waters, but the university leadership and new president have been nearly silent.

The university is moving forward with meetings on naming an interim band director, and the national search for a permanent replacement.

NBC4's Ted Hart spoke to Jeffrey Wadsworth, the chairman of the OSU board of trustees, while he was on the way to a meeting at Bricker Hall Thursday. He would only say that he fully supports the administration, and the decisions that were made in the band scandal.

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Former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery was on campus Thursday, working on the task force that will conduct a more thorough review of the band's culture.

Montgomery told NBC4 that she's not quite ready to talk about exactly who will serve on the task force, or how they will conduct their review.

"Believe me, Ted, if I could speak to it, or if we could have spoken to it this week or last week, we would. But we have some legal odds and ends we have to take care of before we can go forward," Montgomery said.

When asked for her impression of the administration's handling of the report, Montgomery said, "These are good people who care about the university, its reputation, and, more importantly, the children, the students. They are wide-eyed, they understand consequences of their actions, I believe."

Current and former band members have said the report is an exaggeration, and more than 8,500 supporters have signed an online petition to have Waters reinstated.

The Ohio State investigation allegedly revealed cultural issues that Waters was allegedly aware of or should have been aware of. It is further alleged that Waters failed to eliminate the "sexualized culture" and prevent it from reoccurring.

Former and current band members have spoken out in favor of Waters, saying that the university overreacted to the concerns of a few, and that Waters was working to correct some of the questionable, decades-old traditions.

The investigation report released by the university outlined numerous activities that related to the band's culture, including Midnight Ramp, nicknames, Rookie Introductions, Rookie Midterms and Physical Challenges, Trip Tic, Songbook, and other misconduct and conditions on buses.

Whether the Ohio State controversy plays out with any similarity remains to be seen.

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