Ohio State took the "Script Ohio" tradition from... Michigan.
Excerpts from OSU vs. UM:
"Probably the most effective single formation was the word “OHIO” spelled out in script diagonally across the field in the double-deck Ohio stadium to the accompaniment of the O.S.U. marching song, “Fight the Team.” Other Michigan band formations were “MICH,” a block “O,” and a block “M.”
Ted Boehm, OSU marching band member in 1935 and 1936, and considered an “authority” on Script Ohio, wrote that indeed, Michigan had performed the first Ohio in script.
Alright, so, they kind of ripped it off from Michigan -- they did change things slightly and called it something their own, so whatever. I mean, it's not cheating if I take my friend's paper, change a couple sentences, put my name on it and turn it in as my own?
We'll leave the cheating to the football players and coaches (see: Ohio State stealing Oregon's signs in the 2010 Rose Bowl).
Also, apprently when not stealing signs, the athletes at OSU are are getting preferential treatment from professors, filing false police reports to try and get $10,000, and taking thousands of dollars in gifts, and taking nude pictures of themselves*.
*The article does not actually contain any nude photos.