TBDBITL Report: Alumni Band Performs in France

During my years in the Ohio State University Marching Band and the OSUMB Alumni Band, I have grown used to people complementing our performance and thanking us for performing wherever it was. I would always smile, politely respond to the complements and savor them a bit because of course I was proud of being in […]


TBDBITL Report: Alumni Band Headed To Normandy

In his weekly Sunday columns, Ken has been updating us on events that happened 100 years ago in World War I; this has been a great, informative series about a war that most Americans know little about. Ken will keep updating us on the important events of that war but a major anniversary from a […]


TBDBITL Report: Dr. Chris Hoch Named Interim Director

The search for the new director of the Ohio State University Marching Band has been one of the most publicly followed job searches in OSU history, receiving a level of media attention normally only reserved for sports coaches or the university president. The university issued a call for applications last fall and in April they […]


Buckeye Teams Head Into the Postseason

It’s May and that means that the weather is warming up, universities are wrapping up for the year, and the last college sports hurrah of the year comes in the form of the NCAA tournaments for the spring sports. As Ken reported yesterday, the Ohio State men’s golf team will be heading off to New […]


Officially Speaking: Shorter Shot Clock Looms

As we all know, sports fans love to complain about, well, everything. One of the most common complaints concerns the style of play in games and the fouls/penalties that are called. In what would probably surprise many fans, the NCAA does seem to listen to those complaints and often makes rules changes, tweaks, or issues […]


Athletic Band Rocks at Spring Game

More than 99,000 fans attended Saturday’s annual spring scrimmage by the Ohio State football team. While it wasn’t a real football game, most of the elements of a typical fall Saturday in the Shoe were present: the team, the cheerleaders, and a band. Many in attendance may have noticed that the band they saw at […]

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Ohio State

TBDBITL Report: Both Finalists for Director Position Withdraw Their Names

Recently we reported that Ohio State had invited two finalists for the position of Ohio State University Marching Band Director, Dr. Corey Spurlin of Auburn and Professor Barry Houser from Illinois, to visit campus. Last week it was revealed that Professor Houser had chosen to stay at Illinois and had withdrawn his name from consideration. […]


Should Officials Have Played The Sport?

Last week the NFL announced the hiring of nine new officials for the 2015 season. The NFL hires a few new officials each year and normally the announcement is ignored by pretty much everyone but this year’s announcement drew a lot of attention because the list of new hires included Sarah Thomas who will become […]


Officially Speaking: Final Four

With the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments done and the champions crowned, basketball season is now over and thus it is time for our last basketball Officially Speaking for the season. There were certainly a number of controversial calls in the Wisconsin-Duke title game but most of them were block/charge calls which we have […]


TBDBITL Report: Second Finalist for Director Position to Visit Campus

Last week we reported that two finalists for the position of Ohio State University Marching Band director had been invited to visit campus. In that article we reported that the first finalist to visit was Dr. Corey Spurlin who currently is the director of the Auburn University Marching band; Dr. Spurlin was on campus last […]


TBDBITL Report: Finalist for Director Position Visits Campus

Following the firing of Ohio State University Marching Band director Jonathan Waters last summer, the university had to deal with finding a new director for the band. Rather than perform a rushed search late in the summer, OSU appointed Professor Russel Mikkelson, Director of University Bands, and Dr. Scott Jones, Associate Director of University Bands, […]

San Diego State v New Mexico State

Officially Speaking: Tournament Double Feature

After being absent last week, Officially Speaking returns this week with a special tournament edition where we look at two plays.  With the higher stakes that the tournament brings, the controversy over calls by the officials also rises and there were plenty of plays to choose from.  The Ohio State loss to Arizona provided several […]


WBB: Impressive Comeback Falls Heartbreakingly Short as Ohio State Falls to UNC

After a slightly tougher than expected first round game, the 5th seeded Ohio State women’s basketball team took on the 4th seed North Carolina Tarheels tonight. By virtue of being a top four seed, the Tarheels, who also had a tougher than expected opening round, got to host the first two rounds of the tournament […]


WBB: Ohio State Advances to 2nd Round With Win Over James Madison

After watching two days of the men’s tournament and one day of the women’s, the #23 Ohio State women’s basketball team finally got their NCAA tournament underway as they squared off against 12th seeded James Madison. Despite being from Pennsylvania and having the games in North Carolina, the Dukes brought a good crowd that made […]