The philosophies aren't really negotiable.
On offense Derek Dooley will establish the run first and foremost.
Defensively Tennessee will attack the quarterback, and it will lean on the special teams for big plays and controlling field position.
The new Vols coach might be somewhat flexible as to just how he will handle those basic tenets in his first season though, particularly because he doesn't yet have a complete staff, a full recruiting class or a firm grasp on his existing personnel. Even his last season at Louisiana Tech makes it difficult to project what a Dooley-coached team might look like in September.
"Offensively, he did what worked," current Bulldogs and former Vols receiver Ahmad Paige said. "It seemed like from week to week he constantly changed because we did things that worked.
"He got the tight ends the ball, then he'd run the ball, and we'd do things that could keep us in the game. He would bring up great schemes that would help us, and we didn't really throw it around a lot, but we didn't necessarily have the quarterback with the arm to do it. It wasn't that he didn't want to do it, we just didn't have the personnel to do it. He just did what worked."
More than anything that was pound the ball on the ground last year, and the Bulldogs' run-to-pass ratio was heavily weighted to the former. Considering the talent Dooley will inherit in the UT backfield with Bryce Brown, Tauren Poole and David Oku, that probably won't change.
When the Bulldogs did throw, most often the target was a talented senior tight end who hauled in 12 of their 19 passing touchdowns. Thanks to Luke Stocker's Monday night decision to return to school for one more year, Dooley will have one of those at his disposal again.
But Dooley will have more talent on the perimeter than he was used to and coordinator Jim Chaney figures to have more input on the UT offense this season. So even if the building blocks are the same, the style could be considerably different.
"I believe in running the football, but I also believe at the end of the day that you have to build your offense around your good players and the guys that are going to make a difference," Dooley said. "That being said, I believe it's important to be multiple. The way defenses are today, if you're doing one thing, eventually they're going to stop it.
"So if you don't have a lot of things to go to, you're going to end up with some very sad, depressing Saturdays."
UT could be mixing it up on the other side of the ball as well.
Given ties to Alabama's Nick Saban for Dooley and linebackers coach Lance Thompson, there might even be a massive overhaul. Louisiana Tech operated out of a traditional 4-3 defense, but a switch to three linemen and four linebackers could at least be considered after Thompson helped install that successful system with the Crimson Tide.
"Everything starts with affecting the quarterback," Dooley said. "There's probably not a position out there that impacts the game (more) than that one, but (it's about) stopping the run, affecting the quarterback and creating turnovers.
"How you get there, there's a lot of ways to do it: 3-4, 4-3, you name it. The important thing is the players believe in the system we're in, that we're complex enough to be able to adjust to anything that's hurting us and we play with those intangibles. I think if we do those things we'll be a fun team to watch."
Right now the Vols are still just in the process of creating one.