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OSU stands by firing; band director wants reversal

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Fired band director told AP he doesn't want to sue Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University officials are standing by their firing of the marching band director, saying there's no evidence he tried to change the cultural issues within the unit that led to his dismissal.

The university's statement Tuesday came in response to interviews in which Jonathan Waters said he wanted his job back and another chance to fix what the university had called an inappropriate "sexualized culture" of rituals.

Waters told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he hasn't asked Ohio State for reinstatement. He says he's focused on setting the record straight about efforts he made to change the band culture and about the investigation report. Waters also said that he doesn't want to sue his beloved university, at least not at this point.

Waters, in interviews with the Columbus Dispatch and national network morning, says the report that led to his firing was "flawed and inaccurate."

But the university countered that Waters hasn't produced "any factual examples that demonstrate any tangible attempts to change band culture." The statement also said Waters "misled" university officials during the process.

Waters was appointed band director in 2012.

Associated Press

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