"Most of us have been together now for quite a while, and he (Pearl) doesn't want to bring anybody in who might mess up our chemistry," Shay said. "That (chemistry) is why we've been successful as a staff and as a program."
Jones and Shay have spent the past five years working for Pearl. Johnson just completed his seventh year with the Vol boss.
In addition to finding the right fit in terms of chemistry, Pearl must find an aide capable of supplying the benefits Edgar did. That is no easy task.
"We learned a lot from Coach Edgar ... bringing his up-tempo philosophy he learned from being with Nolan Richardson, Mike Anderson and Billy Tubbs," Shay said. "Scott's a great family person, too, and that's what Coach (Pearl) is looking for in his new assistant.
"Coach Edgar's going to be missed. He's a tireless worker, as a coach on the court and as a recruiter off the court. And his ties in the South helped put us in the position we're in right now."
That "position" is an enviable one. The Vols are coming off a 22-win season and eagerly awaiting the enrollment of a top-five recruiting class.