- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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Ohio State is dotting the iPad.
The nation's largest athletic department announced Wednesday that it will begin providing all of its student athletes with iPads this fall as part of an academic support initiative. Ohio State had a record number of scholar athletes (548 had at least a 3.0 GPA) in the past academic year, and the school is poised for another strong finish in the Directors Cup.
The initiative, part of Ohio State's Digital First program, will provide 500 iPads to select teams this fall, with the goal being to supply every student-athlete with an iPad in the next two years. The iPads will be preloaded with athletic department materials the athletes currently receive in paper or book form.
Hmmm, wonder how many of those initial 500 iPads will go to football players? Can Urban Meyer and Tom Herman upload their playbook on Braxton Miller's iPad?
Ohio State's athletic department will fund the program while looking for additional support in the coming years.
Buckeyes athletes have to be thrilled with this development, and you can bet Meyer and his staff will mention this to recruits.
Athletes get perks at every Big Ten school, but it'll be interesting to see which other programs follow Ohio State's lead.
The arms race is alive and well.
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