Donnie Suber has the big office in Nokes-Lasater Field, but the sign outside that door reads as it did during his five previous seasons at Cumberland - defensive coordinator.
But as befitting the man who sits in the big office, Suber is, for the first time, the head coach as he leads the Bulldogs down Interstate 40 to face Tennessee Tech, whose new assistant head coach/offensive line coach is his former boss.
"He knows us too well," Suber said of Dewayne Alexander, Cumberland's coach the previous seven seasons. "We're kind of at a disadvantage and they're kind of at an advantage.
"We'll see. I keep telling our guys we've got to be the best team for 60 minutes on Thursday night, and that's all that matters."
That's a tall order under any circumstances. Cumberland went 8-3 in Alexander's final season while Tech is coming off an injury-riddled 3-8 campaign a season after winning a share of the Ohio Valley Conference championship.
But the Golden Eagles, who will have Tucker Field advantage during tonight's 7 p.m. opener, are an NCAA Football Championship Series team [commonly known as Division I-AA] while the Bulldogs are an NAIA program which recently announced plans to pack their bags for NCAA Division II over the next few years.
Tech coach Watson Brown has been known as an offensive wizard since his days as a Vanderbilt assistant more than three decades ago. But he and his staff went to Oregon [where the Eagles were blitzed by the Ducks last fall] during the offseason to learn the fast-paced offense former coach Chip Kelly has taken to the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.
"They're big, they're fast," Suber said of the Eagles. "They had a lot of injuries last year and all their guys are back. It's going to be a battle for us."
Brown said during OVC media days that because of the injuries last year, the Eagles should be the deepest team in their league. Junior Darian Stone got some starts last year when Tre Lamb, now his position coach, went down.
"He runs really well," Suber said of Stone. "He throws really well."
In addition to Alexander and Brown [who's married to former Lebanon High basketball star Brenda Arnold, whose dad, Jack, played for Cumberland when the program went on a four-decade hiatus in the late 1940s], four Wilson Countians are on the Tech roster.
Former Friendship Christian football and basketball standout Parker Teeter, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound junior, joined the football team as a walk-on last year, seeing action on special teams. He caught a touchdown pass in the spring game and is now listed as the starting tight end.
Mt. Juliet sophomore Brett Dillard [6-3, 290] is listed as second-team right-tackle while redshirt freshman Kyron Hart [6-3, 260] of Lebanon is a backup at defensive end. Former Golden Bear linebacker Josh Belhu [5-11, 230] is a true freshman who has yet to crack the two-deep.
In addition, former Friendship quarterback Lee Sweeney, who holds several Tech passing records, is now Brown's receivers coach.
Right now, Suber doesn't care where his players are from, he just hopes they can all play. Safety Grant Jones tore a ligament in his foot Monday and starting receiver Michael Green twisted an ankle Tuesday, leaving both questionable.
Four other players are waiting for summer school grades to be posted before they're eligible to play.
Regardless of the difficulties, the Bulldogs are eager to hit Tucker Field's artificial turf.
"They're excited about it," Suber said. "They've been banging on each other for 2 1/2-3 weeks. They're ready to hit somebody else. The guys are excited.
"They're a little nervous, just like I am. It's my first time going out as the head coach, too. There's a lot of responsibility that falls on me. But they're the ultimate. They're the ones who have to play the game.
"We try to prepare them the best we can. I'm learning as I go. As a first-year head coach, it's hard to do the defense and be the head coach. Coach A [who was the offensive coordinator at Cumberland] did a great job. I don't know how he did it, looking back now. We're just going to try to get the best out of it as we can."