After wrapping up practice Thursday in a 100-yard, top-level indoor facility overlooking acres of lush, manicured fields, the Tennessee Vols piled into yellow school buses bound for a small college outside Elizabethton.
The culture shock should kick in soon.
"I don't know the exact location, but I know it's out there in the boonies," said junior linebacker Jacques Smith.
With the enthusiasm of a field-trip chaperone, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley donned a T-shirt after Thursday's practice that read: "Milligan College: Undefeated Since 1950." That was the year the Christian liberal arts school disbanded its football program.
Today, Milligan has about 1,200 students on a 195-acre campus in northeastern Tennessee, just outside of Elizabethton and not far from Johnson City.
The Vols will practice on Milligan's soccer fields and another green space that has been fashioned by combining the outfield grass of the softball and baseball fields. Darren Seybold, Tennessee's director of sports surface management, was dispatched to Milligan to help prepare the turf for a week's worth of 100 large young men in cleats.
Dooley said there's a "contingency plan" if it rains, as it's likely to do in the next week.
Part of the reason for the move was the ongoing construction at Tennessee's football complex, where workers are putting the finishing touches on a new wing of the facility that will open shortly.
But more important to Dooley was establishing a training-camp style atmosphere, free from the distractions of campus.
Some NFL teams leave their multi-million-dollar facilities for more rustic venues in August. Football lore is filled with tales of intense off-campus camps, like Bear Bryant's famed "Junction Boys" camp at Texas A&M.
Tennessee strength coach Ron McKeefery worked at South Florida, where the football team held camp at the old Dodgertown facility in Vero Beach.
The logistics are challenging, but doable. The Vols will stay in dorms, dine in the campus cafeteria and use classroom space for meetings.
Players aren't complaining about the new digs.
"I think that'll get our minds off everything around here," said sophomore running back Marlin Lane. "We'll just be thinking about football and thinking about getting better."
Smith said he remembers seeing signs for Milligan College from the highway, so he already has a greater geographic familiarity with the area than most of his teammates. He said the team is embracing the experience.
"We're just expecting to hone in as a team," he said. "We're expecting to get better, getting away from all this and just focusing on ourselves."
Although renovations to the football complex won't be an issue in years to come, Dooley hasn't ruled out another camp experience if this one goes well.
"We wanted to limit ourselves from the distractions and simulate what used to be very common," Dooley said. "It relates to team chemistry and getting to know each other and building leadership and togetherness and just creating time where we're away from all (the distractions)."
Smith said the camp could be the perfect ending to a summer of progress.
"This summer we've grown as a unit and we're a step closer to being a really great team," he said.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.