As the final seconds of the season ticked away at Kentucky, Charlie Baggett wrapped an arm around a Tennessee player, offered some encouraging words and jogged to the locker room.
That apparently will be the last on-field memory for the assistant head coach and leader of the wide receivers after spending two seasons with the Vols.
According to multiple sources familiar with the personnel but not authorized to speak publicly on the matter on Thursday, Baggett will not return to UT for a third campaign and has elected to retire five days after a losing season ended with the 10-7 defeat to the Wildcats last weekend.
That decision currently leaves the Vols one man short of a full coaching staff and ensures that another new face will need to step in for the next phase of the rebuilding job entering Derek Dooley's third season with the program.
UT officials have not confirmed the move, but Dooley didn't seem to rule out the possibility of a change to his staff coming in the aftermath of the loss to the Wildcats. Following the firing of defensive line coach Chuck Smith a year ago, another is assured now.
Baggett earned $400,000 in the second season of a three-year deal for his work with the wide receivers, and financial implications between he and the program moving forward aren't clear at this point.
But sources briefed on the situation indicated it was Baggett's decision to step down after 35 years on the sidelines.
During the two he spent with UT, Baggett helped develop Denarius Moore into an NFL draft pick with a senior campaign in 2010 that produced career highs for the current member of the Oakland Raiders with 47 catches for 981 yards and nine touchdowns.
And despite losing leading target Justin Hunter in the third game of his second year, Baggett still had a pupil turn in one of the most productive seasons in the conference with Da'Rick Rogers hauling in 67 receptions for 1,040 yards and nine scores.
The Vols will have Rogers back in the fold along with the recovering Hunter heading into next season, but somebody else will be leading their position group.
"(It's on) the whole organization (to improve), and we're going to begin our climb right now," Dooley said after the game on Saturday. "I think (improvement) starts with an individual commitment to the team and to the program, and then learning how to work together and be a part of a team.
"And it starts with our coaching staff, building trust with each other. We've just got to go to work."