The names on the office door keep changing: Chuck Smith. Lance Thompson. John Palermo.
And if you've been around the Tennessee football roster as long as Marlon Walls, there's even Ed Orgeron.
Now there's Steve Stripling.
Stripling is, for the record, Tennessee's sixth defensive line coach in six years, dating to the Dan Brooks/Steve Caldwell tandem on Phillip Fulmer's staff in 2008
Stripling arrived a few weeks ago, appointed by Butch Jones, the man entrusted with revitalizing a once-elite program fallen on hard times.
Turnover has played a lead role in Tennessee's tumble from prominence and no position has turned over more than the defensive line.
As first impressions go, Stripling, a 30-plus-year coaching veteran, presents a solid anchor in a frothing current of comings and goings. This isn't his first rodeo.
He has been aligned with Jones for the past four seasons, one at Central Michigan, then three at Cincinnati.
Jones has a special trust in the 59-year-old Stripling, enough to award the title at UT of assistant head coach. He held similar designations at Central Michigan and Cincinnati and stayed behind in Jones' wake to supervise both teams through bowl games.
"Butch is an attention to detail coach,'' Stripling
said. "I think he has confidence in me that if he is out of the room or off the field, I can step in.''
Stripling doesn't share the Michigan roots of Jones and several members of the staff. He grew up in New Mexico and played football at Colorado.
He still found his way to the Midwest and spent the bulk of his career — 22 years — in the Big Ten, at four different schools.
Tennessee is Stripling's first venture into the SEC, but as he said last week in an introductory session with the Knoxville media, he's coached in big stadiums and worked with blue-chip players.
For three years he coached in the biggest stadium, the one in Ann Arbor, Mich., on the staff of Lloyd Carr.
That's where he tutored perhaps his best known student. Michigan's LaMarr Woodley in 2006 won both the Lombardi Award as the nation's top lineman and the Ted Hendricks Award as the top defensive end.
A few years earlier, Stripling helped Louisville's Dewayne White become Conference USA's defensive player of the year.
Perhaps that kind of resume will help Stripling sell himself to his new players, guys who have never had the same position coach from one year to the next.
"It's not going to happen overnight,'' he said.
"I hope my track record, ... they can see Coach Strip has spent time with quality players, that he can help us get to where we want to be.''
And, oh yeah, there's another transition complicating the learning curve. The Vols are returning to the 4-3 front they played prior to 2012's defensive debacle in the 3-4.
"Playing D line is playing D line,'' Stripling said. "There might be a little difference in technique. But I'm more concerned about the transition they've had with different coaches in different years and getting some continuity.''
As he said, continuity and trust won't happen overnight.
Imagine the possibilities if his name is still on the door in 2014.