The class starts at 5:30 on a Monday night late in June, and nobody is late.
In fact, one student arrives nearly half an hour before the lecture is scheduled to begin, and virtually everybody enrolled shows up at least 15 minutes early, clearly eager for the final lesson of the summer session.
It's not for credit, there aren't grades and it also won't be found in any catalog at Tennessee.
It might not even technically come with an official title - though Vol for Life 101: History and Tradition of UT Football certainly fits the bill - and it has quickly become an invaluable tool for a program trying to re-establish its identity among the national powers by reminding the next wave of talent about what and who have come before them.
"I say to them, 'Do you like these stories about the old players?' " associate athletic director and unofficial VFL professor Carmen Tegano said after closing out the semester with an approximately hour-long lecture. "They love them.
"They've come in my office, looked around the walls and said, 'Hey, man, tell me about that guy.' It's important to know who has been here before you, because they've set the bar - and the bar is pretty high here."
For several seasons running the Vols haven't cleared it with any consistency on or off the field, and of the many factors at work in the disappointments, one in particular has seemed to bother second-year coach Derek Dooley lately.
Despite the banners hanging around the practice facility and the portraits on the wall of the many Vols to earn All-America honors, Dooley has several times expressed concern that UT had lost sight of what suiting up for the program should mean.
Instead of playing for championships, guys were focused on the NFL draft. Finding a spot in the lineup might have been more important than one on the honor roll, and certainly the change in culture Dooley has sought since he took over included limiting arrests or trouble in the community.
Those issues, among others, were the driving force behind the VFL program Dooley started last year to provide some additional life lessons and education collectively to his entire roster.
And while the true freshmen and junior-college transfers filing into an upstairs meeting room on Monday nights at the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center were getting a heavy dose of off-field lessons typical of the VFL, they've also been getting history lessons on UT stars like Tee Martin, Harry Galbreath, Jamal Lewis and more each week.
"I felt like we had lost our way a little bit in understanding what it means to be a football player and represent the University of Tennessee, the expectations, the people that you impact," Dooley said.
"One thing is trying to help them forge a life after football, but there's also an element of them understanding what Tennessee is all about. You want them to have a phenomenal football experience, and you want them to understand that this is a big thing that they're in and what they represent.
"A picture doesn't do it. It's the story behind the picture that makes it count. You can look at a picture of Tee Martin holding up the crystal ball, but it's the story behind it - that's what really makes it real, and that's what Carmen (and VFL coordinator Andre Lott) bring to it. It's the stories, and when those guys come back, like Jason Witten coming back last week, they understand his story. He was just like them."
Only the six early enrollees who went through spring camp have even practiced with the Vols at this point, so it's obviously too soon for them to know if the next Witten or Lewis, Galbreath or Dale Carter was sitting in the room as Tegano spoke passionately about the program's rich history.
But if they're going to develop into a player of that caliber or UT is going to once again hoist a crystal football, it doesn't hurt any for them to know how it was done long before they arrived on campus.
And if a picture of Martin, complete with a Fiesta Bowl patch sewn onto his orange jersey, didn't help drive Tegano's point home as he talked about the road to a title, nothing will.
"I tell them all the time, tradition never graduates, it just keeps turning over and over again," Tegano said. "These kids need to understand that, they're setting the tone for the 2012 class. That's what we're trying to do here. They like the stories a lot.
"You know how many kids I've seen walk and stare at that wall down there? They just stare, and they don't know who 80 percent of those guys are. But they know they're All-Americans. They need to understand that there is an end, you know, but it's the journey that matters."
The latest batch of Vols aren't the first ones to take it either. And just in case they weren't already aware, they're getting an early education on the people who helped blaze the trail.