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Scandal rocks OSU marching band

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- Their music and moves have put them above all the rest. The best damn band in the land.

However, it's whats happening behind the scenes, at practice that's put an even brighter spotlight on the Ohio State University marching band.

The report by OSU's compliance office claims that "rookies", newcomers to the band had to march on the field in their underwear. That they were given tests called the "rookie midterm" where they were asked sexual questions about  band members. And some even had to preform physical challenges that went along with the sexually explicit nicknames.

Joe Koehne was in the band from 1991 to 1993.

"I don't deny that they happened," said Koehne. "That said I will tell you none of those things that happened, No one ever coerced, no one was ever made to feel  that they had to do those things. "

This investigation was kicked off when a band member told his parents about what was gong on. Koehne says if his child were in the band and told him about this, he would have handled it differently.

"I would go to the directors first. I would not go to the university. I would like to see the directors handle it in house first. I think that's proper way to go,  Chain of command if you will.  "

OSU President Michael Drake shared a statement on You Tube.

"Even one instance is too many.This is our home and our responsibility. "

Now, band director Jon Waters is out of a job. Waters was named director in 2012. He's responsible for the recent choreography that gained international attention with the band moon-walking to Michael Jackson as well as a flying Harry Potter.

Because the university says Waters did nothing to stop a sexual harassment culture, that legacy is gone and so is Waters.

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