Dave Hart is entirely tuned in to the fact that the mood on Mondays in East Tennessee is the result of what happens in Neyland Stadium on Saturdays.
This particular gray, wet, gloomy morning?
"Very fitting,'' Hart said Monday.
That's because of the final, decisive 20 minutes in which Florida put away a 37-20 victory over the Vols.
Up until then, it was a great day on campus.
The good work started early Saturday morning when the UT Athletics Board officially approved the retirement of Johnny Majors' jersey.
Seeing Majors standing at midfield before kickoff with a framed No. 45 jersey was a feel-good moment for the Tennessee fan base.
It was an overdue tribute for a UT icon, a welcome correction of an awkward slight.
"This was the right thing to do and I think it was the right person to recognize,'' Hart said.
"Johnny did everything you could ask of a football player, whether it was in the Fifties or 2012.''
Hart deserves credit for fixing an oversight.
When he settled into the athletic director's chair a year ago, assessing how to showcase UT's tradition was one of his priorities.
The ball started rolling a few months ago during a staff retreat. A general discussion led to a specific initiative to review UT's jersey-retirement standards.
The criteria UT came up with in 2005 led to the retirement of the numbers worn by Peyton Manning, Reggie White and Doug Atkins. All were deserving. No debate.
But the inclusion of a pro-football component was wrongheaded. It practically seemed designed to exclude Majors, who never played a down in the NFL.
Why? Remember that in 2005 Majors was still on the outs with the head coach.
Fortunately, it no longer matters what Candidate X does on behalf of the Miami Dolphins.
All that counts is what happened in the orange Tennessee jersey.
The new criteria is more or less the old criteria, minus the pro addendum.
A candidate must have achieved three of five possible honors: SEC player of the year; consensus All-America; College Football Hall of Fame; Heisman Trophy; one of the other national player honors, such as the Maxwell Award or a position-specific award such as Butkus, Lombardy, Thorpe, etc.
Since no Vol has ever won the Heisman, it's really a three-out-of-four proposition.
To get the deal done, Hart credited staff members Chris Fuller and Condredge Holloway, Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, faculty rep Don Bruce and Chris Wampler, president of the Letterman's Club.
Eliminating the pro-football component means there are a handful of viable candidates. Majors, the 1956 Heisman runner-up and two-time SEC player of the year, was first in line and considered solely as a player. Saturday had nothing to do with his 116 coaching wins at UT.
But don't look for a run on retired numbers.
"This has to be a really exclusive club,'' Hart said. "There are a lot of other ways people can be recognized for their contributions.''
For Majors, this was the proper way. If Tennessee football has an exclusive club, he belongs in it.
(Recommendation) committee consists of chancellor, athletic director, faculty athletics representative, president of the letterman’s club and other designees nominated by athletics director and approved by Athletics Board.
Candidates may be nominated. Above committee will determine whether to formally recommend candidate for approval by Athletics Board. Recommendations must be unanimous committee vote.
Candidates must be recognized as good citizens who brought distinction on and off the field.
Minimum of four years must pass after end of football career.
Candidate must achieve three of following five collegiate honors:
A, Induction into National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
B, SEC player of the year.
C, Consensus All-America.
D, Heisman Trophy winner.
E, Won one of general awards, such as Sullivan Award or SEC Athlete of the Year, or won position-specific award, such as Outland, Butkus, etc.
Candidates enshrined in both the College Football Hall of Fame and NFL Hall of Fame will receive strong consideration.