On the field, everything appears to be in place for Derek Dooley.
The new Tennessee football coach put together his first signing class, completed hiring his staff and also has a full roster ready to start spring practice next week. As of Tuesday, he even has a kickoff time for the Orange and White Game (April 17, 2 p.m.).
But as Dooley has repeated every time he's been in public since taking over in January, that's only half the battle for him. The off-the-field pieces aren't all in place yet based on job listings on the UT Web site for a director of football operations, an on-campus recruiting expert and a coordinator for his character development program.
And though the first two likely will have a visible impact when the Vols step on the turf, the last one might actually be the one Dooley could value most.
"Character education - very important to me," Dooley said last month. "So many of these young men come from different backgrounds, they come from different value sets, they come from different socioeconomic places, and they all have different views of what's right and wrong. Let's face it, when you're 18 to 22, no matter where you came from, you have a big hole in your head. I know I did. I did some of the dumbest things that I can't even believe I did.
"I think it's our responsibility as coaches to help educate them as people. That's not an easy task, so we put in a character education program at Louisiana Tech. It was very successful, it's a rough culture there, and over the course of two years we changed the culture. We started defining what's right and what's wrong and helping them make choices."
Dooley will have a similar program for the Vols, though it might not be completely ready at the moment.
The UT job listing describes the vacant position at the top as a sort of guidance counselor for the team, doing everything from opening lines of communication with families of players to coordinating community service events. The hire also will be involved with "developing personal skills in the area of character education," ideally to help avoid situations like last year's arrests for attempted armed robbery during the middle of the season.
"ESPN.com, every day it's unbelievable," Dooley said. "I almost hate reading it to see every day there's somebody doing something that's embarrassing the institution, that's embarrassing themselves, embarrassing their hometowns.
"What I believe is that 90 percent of those guys, 95 percent sometimes, they're really not bad people. They make bad choices, they make choices not thinking about the consequences, they didn't even know what the consequences were."
It won't be just up to Dooley or the head of character development to make sure everybody is aware of them, and no matter how many people UT hires there's no guarantee something negative won't happen at some point.
But it likely won't be for lack of trying to prevent it.
"Sometimes we put so much on these guys and expect them to be model everything - great players, model citizens, representing the institution, phenomenal student," Dooley said. "But that doesn't come without a tremendous amount of work and support from the coaching staff, and it's got to start with the head coach.
"He's got to believe in those things, and I can tell you - I do."
And he's not done finding a few others who believe the same to help him out.