The last piece is in place for a new era.
The football coach is in his second season.
There are leaders for both the men's basketball and baseball programs who have yet to coach a game at Tennessee.
Now there's a boss in place for all of them, and when Dave Hart was officially introduced as the athletic director for the Vols on Monday night with a news conference in Neyland Stadium, he peered into the future for the entire department and seemed to like what he saw.
"I think it's exciting," said Hart, who had been executive director of athletics at Alabama since 2008. "You could look down the road in five years and be talking about three of the greatest coaches in the country.
Dave Hart introduced as UT's Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics - Pt. 1
"I think you've got three young people who have all the right things that you need to be successful, in terms of their priorities, the way they organize, that they're going to be demanding in a positive way. I think the future can be very, very bright in that regard."
Out of the trio of new coaches, only Derek Dooley has coached a game for the Vols — winning six a year ago with the football program and opening his second season with a victory over Montana on Saturday.
Hart also offered praise for the hires in place to lead the other revenue programs on the men's side, basketball coach Cuonzo Martin and baseball's Dave Serrano. And while he hadn't yet had a chance to meet face-to-face with any of them after accepting the job and before meeting the media, Hart made clear he wouldn't be waiting long to do so.
And collectively, that group is going to be responsible for changing the perception of an athletic department that is recovering from a three-year stretch with three different coaches in football, NCAA violations that led to the firing of Bruce Pearl in basketball and a disastrous four-year stretch without a postseason appearance in baseball.
"It's a big piece, a big nail, but it's the final nail in the whole foundation," Serrano said. "We've had the basketball change, two years ago we had the football change, a baseball change, and now the athletic director. My hope is, all that is done now, let's move forward and get Tennessee athletics back to where it needs to be in all sports.
"We are going to work extremely hard to make him proud in the seat where he sits. I can only speak for my program, but I'm big fans of the other two guys and all the sports here, and we're going to work very hard to make him proud of who he has working for him."
Those aren't the only coaches on staff at UT with whom Hart will be working, particularly since he's going to be overseeing sports on both sides as the formerly separate athletic departments for men and women are merged.
With that in mind, a man who formerly worked with legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden also took time to mention another at his new job, calling the chance to work with women's basketball coach Pat Summitt a "rare opportunity."
But Summitt already is entrenched as an institution at UT, and obviously five more years aren't needed to judge where she stands in the profession. That's not necessarily the case for Dooley, Martin or Serrano — and now they officially know who will be calling the shots as the overhaul of the Vols continues.
"I think it's great for the university so you can push forward," Martin said. "Obviously the fan base, they can settle a little bit from the standpoint that we have somebody. Now I just think as an athletic department we can all move forward.
"The one thing about the University of Tennessee is you have great coaches across the board. That is impressive from a university standpoint. I think (Hart) will do a great job, he'll hit the ground running, get to know everybody from the head coaches to the assistant coaches — and I think everybody will be excited about it."
Based on the enthusiastic review of the coaches he inherited, Hart appears to be at the top of that list.
Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat