Kudos to the Daily for dragging it through the mud. There it is for the world to hear about.
Sure, the Daily has every right to print the article, and I'm obviously not going to disagree with the need for free speech. But this is clearly bad for the program and was run in poor taste. I don't think the public needs to know there was a problem. It's just needless ammo. If an article like this about OSU's drum majors came up, I would take every opportunity to heckle them about it in Columbus this fall. But maybe that's just me.
Nix is all about good public representation of the band. I am positive he is just fuming-mad right now. While some of his reasons seem frivolous (a comment Ben made in 2003? A gesture he made in 2005 along with several dozen other band members, myself included?), it's pretty messed up that the "successful and happy conclusion" that Ben is fighting for would be him tumultuously reinstated as drum major 1/3 of the way through the season with a director and staff that obviously disagree with him. It's too bad he can't see beyond his own interests here.
Trombone section pop superstar Joe "J-Lo" Lohrum offered some reassurance that this might not result in something as debaclous as a midterm re-election:
"...it sounded like he was asking for reinstatment in the hope that they would settle for a public apology. I don't think he really expects to be put back in as drum major now."
While Ben was apparently unprofessional in his brief role, he seemed to lead the clarinet section with intensity and dedication. But apparently he just thought he could do whatever he wanted, and now it seems he wants to stop at nothing to bring about some justice he proved he doesn't deserve.
But the proof is in the pudding. The bottom-line evaluation of the drum major's performance -- the only thing I, as a lowly citizen no longer in the MMB, can care about -- comes about five minutes before kickoff. Sure, 400 people care how the drum major acts, carries himself, and leads the band during rehearsals. But about 110,000 care how he looks on gameday. Iden has nailed 4 of 4 hatless backbends. Q.E.D.
[edit: other comments about Iden redacted. This is not about him.]