Ndamukong Suh Donates iPads to Nebraska Football

  • Posted: 31 July 2010 02:34 PM

    When Nebraska recruited Ndamukong Suh four years ago, one of the things that captivated a serious pre-engineering student from Portland, Ore., was a mock-up of what players’ lockers would look like in the Nebraska football locker room.

    It wasn’t his name or his picture that charmed Big Suh. It was the computer that would be built in to the top of his locker.

    Well, the technological sweet spot of reliability and affordability never materialized, and Suh never forgot.

    So, in a perfectly timed coincidence, two hours after Suh was announced Friday as the 2009-10 Big 12 Conference Male Athlete of the Year, Nebraska shut down its varsity football locker room and began taking off 123 back-lit nameplates.

    Beginning Monday, thanks to Suh, that chunk of space will be replaced with 123 built-in Apple iPads - the popular touch-screen computers that fill the gap between a laptop and a smart phone and are the ultimate manifestation of four decades of clever technology.

    Just four months after the celebrated worldwide launch of iPads, Nebraska believes it is the first collegiate or pro football team to equip its players with at least some benefits of the technology.

    Nebraska a Big Part of Suh’s New Website

    After unveiling his own Suh90.com House of Spears website (with a heavy Husker flavor) on Friday, Suh seemed just as happy to hear the iPad-in-every-Husker-locker news as he was gaining yet another individual honor.

    “It’s great to see the things you envision come to pass,” he said. “Originally, we were supposed to get something similar in 2006, but they never came. The technology wasn’t quite there yet. We ended up having still photos with our information on it on the big screens, but nothing of this caliber or with this high level of interaction.”

    Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne admitted Friday that he didn’t know a lot about iPads, “but the main purpose,” he said, “is for communication, so if Bo (Pelini) or an assistant coach needs to schedule a meeting, everybody can know immediately, whether they’re in the varsity locker room or the walk-on locker room at the Hawks Championship Center. To be efficient, we need to have everyone on the same system.”

    For compliance reasons, the iPads will be mounted into each player’s locker. The football staff will have the ability to send messages to the players via their iPads. The players will be able to acknowledge and respond, but their messages will be limited to football and academic personnel only.

    Maggi Thorne, Nebraska’s Assistant Director of Capital Planning and Construction, will manage next week’s iPad installation. She says the varsity and walk-on locker rooms now have the wireless infrastructure to accommodate the new technology and points out that all 37 walk-on lockers in the Hawks will be equipped with iPads by the end of August.

    The new capability will enable the football staff to post events to each player’s iPad calendar, so he will know the times of each practice, conditioning session, academic meeting or position meeting, even if it’s called at the last minute.

    Yes, technology is reinforcing Bo’s mantra to focus on the process and compete hard every day. New school efficiency meets old school work ethic. Who would have thought that team-assigned iPads would become a staple of each Husker player’s daily routine and ease the burden of the grind?

    Screen savers will become their new nameplates, and like toys that come to life in movies, each locker will come to life whenever the time is appropriate. Connectivity is designed to bring a close team even closer. Having video-on-demand and the wireless ability to upload new videos and photos in the locker room not only should enrich the journey, but also evolve into new ways to inspire the ones taking it.

    A Recruit Will See Something Unique at Nebraska

    Imagine, if you will, a recruit visiting Nebraska the day before, during or after Game Day. He walks into the locker room and sees 123 high-definition computer screens near the top of each locker with each player’s name, number, year and position.

    There’s a certain power in a live screen saver, and there will be a central control that will allow each iPad to transform itself into a myriad of applications that can be as individual or as collective as the IT person is told to designate.

    What about the capability to access all iPads remotely so they can play the same video at once?

    “Wireless can cause a slight delay, but yes, that’s the plan - to get all to play at once when the situation calls for it,” said Chad Chiesa, a Nebraska Athletic Department IT specialist. “With the assistance of a software development firm that specializes in mobile device applications, our hope is to keep everything in sync.”

    Think about that for a few seconds. Picture a recruit stepping into the Huskers’ locker room for the first time and seeing the lights dim while 123 iPads come on with a recap of Jared Crick’s biggest hits, Prince Amukamara’s pivotal interception, Niles Paul’s acrobatic catch or Alex Henery’s dramatic field goal.

    “There could be some really big wows for recruiting,” said Jeff Jamrog, Nebraska’s Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations. “We’re using the iPads primarily to communicate more efficiently and more effectively, but there’s no doubt they can become a recruiting edge. I think that’s why Ndamukong wanted to get these iPads installed so quickly. He likes to be different than everyone else, and he showed where he’s coming from when he made one of the biggest contributions in college athletic history.”

         
  • Posted: 31 July 2010 03:23 PM #1

    OK. But with the loss of Ndamukong Suh to the Detroit Lions in the 2010 draft, can the iPads help the Huskers win some games?  :wink:

         
  • Posted: 31 July 2010 03:34 PM #2

    Well, FWIW, Bo says the Defense will be better this year.  I’ll believe it when I see it!

         
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    Posted: 31 July 2010 06:21 PM #3

    RedInAustin - 31 July 2010 06:34 PM

    Well, FWIW, Bo says the Defense will be better this year.  I’ll believe it when I see it!


    Red, since I am from the southeast, I have had the privilege of seeing Bo’s defense at LSU several times. Les Miles claims the title being the head coach of LSU, but anybody who watched LSU that year 07/08 will tell you it was the defense that won the games. If he says the defense will be better (I have heard that also), I believe him. Suh was the most dominant defensive player I have seen since warren Sapp.

    Talking about college football, now this really gets my blood flowing. Can’t wait.  Go Seminoles. grin

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  • Posted: 31 July 2010 06:58 PM #4

    Glad I’m not the only college football fan here!! There is no bigger Bo fan than me!!  I wanted him as head coach when Solich was fired.  Now, back to the iPads… since we know that college football has become an arms race…119 D1A teams x 100 iPads…hey, if football has them then hoops players should too…then there’s the high school teams…

         
  • Posted: 31 July 2010 08:09 PM #5

    mbeauch - 31 July 2010 09:21 PM

    Talking about college football, now this really gets my blood flowing. Can’t wait.  Go Seminoles. grin

    Hmmm… Florida State still plays football? it must be in one of those minor conferences like the ACC. I suppose with competition for Florida fans from the Gators, the ‘Canes and the Bulls it’s understandable why the team doesn’t get much attention anymore. Maybe iPads would help.  :wink:

         
  • Posted: 31 July 2010 08:15 PM #6

    RedInAustin - 31 July 2010 09:58 PM

    Glad I’m not the only college football fan here!! There is no bigger Bo fan than me!!  I wanted him as head coach when Solich was fired.  Now, back to the iPads… since we know that college football has become an arms race…119 D1A teams x 100 iPads…hey, if football has them then hoops players should too…then there’s the high school teams…

    The Huskers have Tom Osborne as athletic director and iPads in every locker. What was it the Seminoles have? Oh yeah, the Seminoles have to watch out for the Bulls taking mindshare and fans. Yep. The iPads would help.  :wink:

         
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    Posted: 01 August 2010 12:24 AM #7

    DawnTreader - 31 July 2010 11:09 PM
    mbeauch - 31 July 2010 09:21 PM

    Talking about college football, now this really gets my blood flowing. Can’t wait.  Go Seminoles. grin

    Hmmm… Florida State still plays football? it must be in one of those minor conferences like the ACC. I suppose with competition for Florida fans from the Gators, the ‘Canes and the Bulls it’s understandable why the team doesn’t get much attention anymore. Maybe iPads would help.  :wink:

    Go ahead, step on me while we are down.

    Don’t think for a second that this will not spread. Once recruits start talking about it, it will spread all over the country. Oh wait, just the southest, since that is where the only real football is played. :-D

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  • Posted: 01 August 2010 12:49 AM #8

    mbeauch - 01 August 2010 03:24 AM

    Don’t think for a second that this will not spread. Once recruits start talking about it, it will spread all over the country. Oh wait, just the southest, since that is where the only real football is played. :-D

    I knew you’d take the bait!!!  LOL

    For the record, the Seminoles have a storied history in college football and I enjoy watching the team play. I follow the ACC quite closely.  grin

         
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    Posted: 01 August 2010 01:17 AM #9

    DawnTreader - 01 August 2010 03:49 AM

    I knew you’d take the bait!!!  LOL

    For the record, the Seminoles have a storied history in college football and I enjoy watching the team play. I follow the ACC quite closely.  grin


    You know darn well that I can’t back down from a little friendly smack talking. LOL Actually, I was not very happy when FSU joined the ACC. I wanted FSU to be in the SEC.

    I am not really looking for ipads to spread through the south. We are after all just a bunch of dumb red-necks. rolleyes  LOL

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