I sat in section 5A today; directly behind the alumni band. It was amazing and gratifying to see the standing ovation Jon Waters got today from the band; but, more importantly, the fans sitting up in the stands. He directed a couple of songs with a huge smile on this face and graciously accepted the applause that he received.
It reminded me (a bit) of Gladiator.
Listen to me. Learn from me. I was not the best because I killed quickly. I was the best because the crowd loved me. Win the crowd and you will win your freedom.
He has certainly won the crowd. It is telling that we have a new president and he has not appeared once, or been introduced, at either home football game. I am sure his handlers have told him of the type of reception he would receive. I think that JW needs to bide his time. Holbrookev2.0 won't be around forever and my guess is that he will be invited back then (and then he will have won his freedom). As my friend says, "University politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so low."
What great show of support from the Alumni Band (and some subtle ones from the the current TBDBITL.