Urban Meyer hasn't changed everything about the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Just as they did after every game for a decade under Jim Tressel, the Buckeyes jogged over to the band and sang "Carmen, Ohio" after the annual spring football game Saturday.
But it was clear from the moment Meyer was introduced as Ohio State's football coach in November that some things were going to change in Columbus.
Tressel was known for beating Michigan and the omnipresent sweater vests. But as confident as he had to have been in his teams, he often played the role of a diplomat when it came to dealing with reporters and talking about opponents.
Tressel wasn't called "The Senator" for no reason. He was as diplomatic a football coach as you'll find.
That's not to say Tressel couldn't ramp up the intensity on Saturday. His Ohio State teams didn't go 106-22 in 10 seasons and play in three BCS title games - winning one - by employing a milquetoast demeanor. Tressel just picked his spots.
Meyer's intensity needle always seems in the red.
From the moment he took the Ohio State job, Meyer began a hard-charging run to return the Buckeyes to elite status in the Big Ten Conference. It started with recruiting, when he laid waste to the so-called gentlemen's agreement among the conference's coaches and grabbed several players who had made verbal commitments elsewhere.
That didn't sit well in some places - especially in East Lansing, Mich., and Madison, Wis. - but Meyer didn't care.
He isn't quite the anti-Tressel all the way around, as evidenced by the traits they share.
They're both Ohio natives with a keen appreciation for the state's most storied football program. Both can close the deal with recruits and their families. Tressel seemed to do it by walking into living rooms and charming families and eventually encouraging players to want to give their all for him. You can imagine Meyer employing his trademark intensity the moment he sits down with players and parents.
Meyer doesn't seem to care what his new Big Ten colleagues think. It isn't that Tressel cared too much. It's that Meyer hasn't had a problem letting everyone know that he's going to do things the way he always has and people had better get used to it.
Meyer has an edge. He's not a senator. He's more of an operative willing to employ a scorched-earth policy to get results. The Big Ten was served notice from the start in November.
Ohio State's players got the message quickly, too. Meyer even pitted players - teammates - against one another to foster a competitive environment.
Increasingly, it seems the Buckeyes will be viewed as the Big Ten's resident bullies. Meyer doesn't seem to have a problem with that.
Ohio State fans won't either, as long as the winning that Meyer has done everywhere else he has been is duplicated in Columbus.
And there's no reason to believe it won't.