imagesCOLUMBUS -- The air in the room was tight with tension, anxiety, apprehension, and a dose of fear of the unknown.

When Urban Meyer had his first meeting with the Ohio State players on the same day he was announced as their new head coach, his initial words were not what they had expected.

No rah-rah stuff, no litany of the things they would do differently, and no fire, no brimstone.

He walked in the room and told them to sit up straight.

"You knew [right away] he was all business," said sophomore offensive lineman Jack Mewhort, "which was good to see."

Mewhort, a St. John's Jesuit grad who has played in 22 games in his Ohio State career, said that after a year's worth of turmoil and scandal within the program, and several weeks worth of rabid speculation about Meyer possibly returning to coaching and taking over the OSU program, the scene was somewhat surreal.