Todd Campbell's departure allowed him some leeway when asked to offer insight into Tennessee's recent run of football coaches.
Safe to say, the former UT receiver won't be rooting for former UT coach Lane Kiffin at Southern California this fall.
"I was not the biggest Lane Kiffin fan," Campbell said with a chuckle on the News Sentinel's radio show, The Sports Page. "Me and Lane? Nah."
The bad blood dates back to last summer, when Campbell was abruptly informed that his No. 11 jersey had been given to incoming freshman tailback Bryce Brown.
"I didn't get asked," Campbell said of the number switch. "That was a situation where I come back in June and there's a note on my locker that says you've been moved to 'No. 85'. This is your combination to your (new) locker."
Campbell didn't mind the switch per se, especially since the promised jersey number likely helped the Vols land Brown, who many considered the top prospect in the nation in 2009. Campbell just didn't like the way Kiffin handled the situation.
"I'm a man; he's a man (so) I feel like he should have come to me and said something about it," Campbell said. "If he would have come to me and said something about it, I would have OK'd it. But just the way he did it left a sour taste in my mouth, but it's OK because you play football regardless of what number you wear."
Campbell has left UT to pursue other options after graduating following the spring semester. He said he's unsure if he'll play football or just pursue a graduate degree.
"It's not a situation where I'm mad about anything," Campbell said. "I love Tennessee. I love being at Tennessee."
And clearly, he thinks the program is in better hands with first-year UT coach Derek Dooley.
"I feel like I got to know him really well," Campbell said. "As for the (coaches on) offense, I was really close to those guys. I think they will have a good year. They're going in the right direction because I think coach Dooley brings back structure, whereas Kiffin didn't really have a lot of structure.
"I think Dooley brings it back kind of how (former UT) coach (Phillip) Fulmer did it. I think that's what a team needs to be successful."
Campbell, who played in three games in the last two seasons, said leaving UT's football team wasn't about playing time.
"After talking with (wide receivers) coach (Charlie) Baggett and coach Dooley, they've been telling me I will play (had I stayed)," Campbell said.
Campbell said UT's graduate school offerings were also a factor. He wants to pursue a graduate degree in business administration and entrepreneurship, which he said wasn't a good fit at UT. As a graduate, Campbell could go to another school and be eligible immediately - pending approval by the NCAA - if he pursues a major that UT doesn't offer.
Campbell said he's like to attend school closer to his hometown in Franklin, Tenn., which makes Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee State strong possibilities. Campbell, who is originally from Kentucky, said Louisville and Kentucky are also a possibility if he decides to play again. Campbell said he might also stay at UT and not play football, but that seems unlikely.
"Right now, I don't know what I want to do," said Campbell, who has two years of eligibility remaining. "I might stay at the school (UT), but I won't be on the team. I've already been released."
Campbell, who like most college players dreamed of playing in the NFL, said his limited role on UT's football team has changed his future goals.
"That really kind of changes your mindset," said Campbell, who never caught a varsity pass at UT. "That kind of lets you know that football isn't forever. You're always going to need a backup plan. Now, what's to say that I can't go somewhere else and go to the (National Football) League?
"I guess that dream never dies. It fades, but you can always get it back up if you want it."