The Vols will conduct one week of training camp in August at Milligan College outside Johnson City while equipment is moved into the new practice and training facility on campus.
Dooley is excited about the off-campus adventure — and hopes his team is.
"The important thing,'' Dooley said, "and I'm gonna tell the team this, is everything is premised on your attitude when you get on the bus.
"You can be a negative guy and complain about everything, or you can embrace it as an awesome opportunity.''
The Vols will work at Milligan from Aug. 9-15 in preparation for the Aug. 31 season-opener against North Carolina State in Atlanta.
Milligan was selected over several options, even though it doesn't have a football team. The Vols will work on soccer fields.
Dooley made a visit last month and suggested adjustments to accommodate his team.
"Every day is going to be an adventure,'' he said, "and there will be 48 things we didn't think about that we've got to do on the fly.
"My biggest concern was the field space and the quality of the field and ability to meet and (watch) video. As long as we had those two things I could make adjustments on the dorm rooms and all that other stuff.''
How well his players adjust to "all that other stuff" will go a long way to determining the mission's success.
"What I told 'em is, 'when you come back I hope you're gonna appreciate what Tennessee gives you every day,' '' Dooley said, "because you're not gonna get that over there.
"The dorms will look a little different and the facilities will look a little different. Our guys take it for granted because this is all they know.''
Giving Back: Dooley and his wife, Allison, presented a check for $191,000 to seven East Tennessee charities in a ceremony at the stadium
Variety of Eastern Tennessee, a children's charity, in conjunction with Regal Cinemas and other sponsors, works with the Dooleys to create the Big Orange Experience fundraiser.
"I have the easy part,'' said Dooley, "I just show up at these things.
"I'm proud to use the position I've been blessed to have at Tennessee to help our local causes.''
Post-Hoover Syndrome: Dooley said the three players who attended SEC Media Days on Thursday in Hoover, Ala., were exhausted by the experience.
Tyler Bray, said Dooley, slept "the whole way down and the whole way back.''
Herman Lathers and Ja'Wuan James also represented UT to the throng of more than 1,000 media folks.
Having been through it before, Dooley said his second trip went fine.
"All the (media) guys have always been good to me and I enjoy doing it,'' he said. "I wouldn't want to do it more than one day a year.''
He'll get another media tour Monday when he visits ESPN's studios in Connecticut.
Bray On Another List: Bray was named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year watch list, his fourth preseason list.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation selected 50 players. The award is voted on by the 124 NCAA Bowl Subdivision coaches and sports information directors and will be announced on Dec. 6.
New Guy: Dooley said he couldn't comment on the new addition to the 2012 roster, defensive lineman Dante Phillips.
"The document is official,'' Dooley said, "but we can't really talk about it until that first press conference.''
Phillips signed with UT on Thursday, but still has to be admitted to school.
He originally signed with Florida but was not admitted.