When Kentucky's team bus pulls up to Neyland Stadium on Saturday morning, it will do so via Tee Martin Drive.
If you think this is just another road trip for Kentucky's first-year receivers coach, think again.
"The reality is starting to set in how special it's going to be to go back to Neyland Stadium,'' Martin said Tuesday.
For the first nine months on the job in Lexington, Martin was busy enough to avoid dwelling on his inevitable return to the stadium where he is a hero for helping Tennessee win a national championship in 1998.
He can't avoid it this week. The media wants to chat him up. So do his old Vol teammates. His cell phone has been blowing up and his Facebook page has been hit early and often.
It's been 11 years since Martin played his final game in a UT uniform. But when you win a ring, they never forget you.
"Everything's been positive so far,'' Martin said. "They say, 'We love you here, but not on Saturday.'
"Tennessee is a special place for me. We did some great things. The fans have always been good to me. Yet I work for Kentucky.
"I have a job to do, coaching against my alma mater, trying to get a win. That's just the facts.''
The facts are that Tennessee needs to beat Kentucky to get to 6-6 and be bowl eligible. The facts are that the Wildcats are chafing to end major college football's longest rivalry losing streak - 25 years.
Martin played on UT teams that extended the streak from 12 to 15 wins. The only streak the Vols talked about then, he said, was breaking the one Florida held on them.
In his two years as a starter, '98 and '99, Tennessee drubbed Kentucky by a combined 115-42.
"It wasn't an off-day, though,'' Martin said. "They had guys like Tim Couch, so that's what those games were about, outscoring them.''
Post-UT, Martin played in the NFL, NFL Europe and CFL. Then he got into coaching and running quarterback camps.
His first FCS job was last year at New Mexico, where he was the passing-game coordinator. Last February, Joker Phillips hired Martin to coach receivers, thus reuniting Martin with offensive coordinator Randy Sanders, his coordinator at UT in 1999.
There are those who would like to see Martin, now 32, bring his championship aura back to Knoxville. Furthermore, with back-to-back coaching changes, there have been two opportunities to make that happen.
He said he met with the offensive coordinator (Jim Chaney) in Nashville about joining Kiffin's staff but nothing came of it so he took the New Mexico job.
Last winter, he talked to Dooley.
"We had conversations,'' Martin said, "but I had already been offered the job at Kentucky and he was aware of that. I just welcomed him to Tennessee, said hello and lent my support.''
From afar, Martin has squirmed at UT's descent into turmoil. He's relieved to see things settling down of late under Dooley.
"His temperament, personality and attitude is what they need right now,'' he said. "The guys are responding.''
How will Martin respond when he trots to the visitor's sideline Saturday, wearing blue in a sea of familiar orange? He's not sure yet.
The emotions are bound to tug at his heartstrings. But then there are, as he said, the facts.
"Once the ball gets kicked off,'' he said, "I'm just an old football coach trying to win a ballgame.''