Buckeyes utilizing new iPads to study themselves, opponents
September 8, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
When Ohio State offensive tackle Reid Fragel wanted to review some of his technique after the Miami win on Saturday, he didn’t have to make a return trip to the team headquarters at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center to study film.
He just booted up his iPad and found snippets of the game especially designed for him.
OSU is going high-tech in helping its 1,100 student-athletes in all sports improve their performances and stay plugged in academically. The athletic department budgeted roughly $400,000 to supply all of them with iPads. About 500 have been distributed with the rest to be purchased over the next two years.
“That’s something guys utilize a lot now — whether we’re bored or have some down time,” said Fragel, who also has an application on his iPhone that can perform the same function. “It’s something we can just pull out, and they send us the practice film or the game film within hours after it’s done. It’s up, and we have easy access to it. It’s great.”
In years past, Buckeye players usually didn’t have a handle yet on that week’s opponent when they met with reporters on Tuesday. Their weekly time with the media has been pushed up to Monday under first-year coach Urban Meyer, and most already have some familiarity with their foe by then because of the instant access.