The last thing Derek Dooley wanted to talk about this week was his pants, but that hasn't stopped everyone else from buzzing about the orange trousers he's sported for the first two games.
Dooley would neither confirm nor deny whether he would don the throwback, Tennessee orange pants for the game today (TV: WVLT, 3:30 p.m.) at Florida, but it's become clear what Vol fans would prefer.
"The orange pants," a recent caller said on Dooley's weekly radio show, "brought tears to my eyes."
Inspired by the ESPN documentary "The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story," Dooley told the Vols he would pay tribute to the coaches of that era and wear orange pants for the season opener.
No one believed him. It took quite the effort to prove the doubters wrong, too.
Local tailor John H. Daniel helped Dooley meticulously search for the proper fabric, but it wasn't "for months" until he found the "perfect cloth" from a retailer in England. The tailors dyed the pants three times before they were satisfied with its bright shade of orange, according to a WBIR report.
A short clip documenting the making of Dooley's pants was shown on the Jumbotron in between series at last week's game against Cincinnati and has since gone viral on the Internet.
One Vol fan was inspired enough to create a Twitter account that unofficially serves as the voice of Dooley's pants.
"Finally at the hotel," the pants said via Twitter on Friday. "These hotel hangers ain't like the ones back in Knoxville. Gonna have to start bringing my own."
Dooley said he's yet to reach out to Johnny Majors, who occasionally donned a similar style of trousers, but joked that the former UT coach might be jealous.
"His weren't shining like mine were," Dooley said. "Coach Majors, he's always been a little cheap. I bought the good stuff."