Derek Dooley had only been in town for a few hours before concerns were raised about when he might want to leave.
Given the circumstances surrounding his hiring as the new football coach at Tennessee, he seemed to know the questions were coming.
Dooley gave his word to the fans and told athletic director Mike Hamilton that UT was where he wanted to be, and it seemed genuine. Just in case, Hamilton will surely be asking for it in writing after getting burned by Lane Kiffin and a relatively inexpensive buyout, though the Vols have not yet released what it might cost to get his replacement.
Either way, Dooley has done his best to make it clear it shouldn't be an issue.
"I wish I could sit here and give you a one-liner that's going to convince 100 percent of the fans, but that's never going to happen," Dooley said. "All I can do is go to work and assure you that I love being where I am, and I'm not looking to leave.
"Knowing there's been a ton of coaches who have said the same thing and they've done it, I don't know how best to answer that question other than to tell you I've never been more excited about the future for my family and for a program and for living than I am right now."
That enthusiasm was exactly what the Vols needed after a bizarre couple days following Kiffin's stunning departure, and Dooley will personally need it as well with National Signing Day looming in two weeks and holes to fill on his staff.
He addressed the latter with his first two hires, picking up Louisiana Tech recruiting coordinator and secondary coach Terry Joseph and respected special teams coach Eric Russell from Texas Tech on Sunday to go with holdovers Jim Chaney, Lance Thompson and Willie Mack Garza. Dooley also has hit the ground running as a recruiter, and for the most part he appears to be holding together a highly rated class so far.
The empty spots on the staff, the short time before signing day and an already depleted roster made the situation he inherited look bleak at first, but obviously none of those things have given Dooley a second thought about leaving Louisiana Tech.
"What I don't want to do is form opinions with my ears on the status of our team, the personnel issues, who's good, who's bad," he said. "I would rather do the diligence of forging my own set of where we are, where we need to go and where I think we can be. I don't think that's something that's going to happen overnight.
"Evaluating your team takes time, too, and it starts in the offseason, our offseason program and spring practice, and ultimately you never get a true evaluation until you get under the lights. I think this is a work in progress, and I'm not concerned with any of the problems. I don't think there's a job out there that doesn't have problems or doesn't have concerns. I don't care how big it gets, that's part of the business. If you're worried about problems you're in the wrong profession."
That line of work generally includes a lot of moving, and as the Vols found out it doesn't always come with much warning.
After losing Kiffin so suddenly, some distrust was to be expected and it wasn't difficult to tie him to a hypothetical opening at Georgia at some point in the future. But alma mater or not, for now Dooley is focused on doing the job he was hired to do just three short days ago.
"We talked not only about the immediate circumstances we've gone through over the last week, we talked about what we want," Hamilton said. "This is a destination job. I said that Wednesday, I truly believe that, and I think Coach Dooley believes that.
"It's really for him to answer, but in our conversations, this is the place where he's familiar with this league, this is the top of the ladder as it relates to getting it done the right way and competing for championships. We talked about things like buyouts for leaving and that was never an issue because he said, 'This is where I want to be.' "
Hamilton will still be expecting some written confirmation.