Fact or Fiction: Tennessee is bigger rebuild than Vanderbilt

National recruiting director Mike Farrell and national recruiting analyst Adam Gorney tackle three topics daily and determine whether they believe the statements or not.








1. Tennessee is an even bigger rebuild than Vanderbilt  

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Farrell’s take: FACT. went 0-8 this season and it’s a huge job ahead for new head coach Clark Lea, but the Vols are going to be an even tougher rebuild because of the potential NCAA penalties that will likely keep recruits and coaches away. Someone will obviously take the job and that coach will still land plenty of players, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Vandy was even with as far as on-field performance as early as next season. And that’s crazy to think.

Gorney’s take: FICTION. Tennessee is a mess, there’s no doubt about it, and the recent spate of high-level players to the transfer portal is very worrisome. It’s also concerning where the coaching search is going to go - if any top-notch guys will even want the job, considering the NCAA sanctions that are possible - and whether the new staff could recruit top-end prospects. In no way am I saying Tennessee is right on the edge of something big like an SEC championship, but Vanderbilt is a much tougher turnaround. It might be an impossible one, actually. Tennessee still has , still has some elite recruits in this class and has history and tradition on its side. Lea is a good hire, but Vanderbilt might be the toughest Power Five job by far.


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