The Tennessee Vols football program recently landed on a top-five list that can best be described as “undesirable”.

Rivals national recruiting columnist Mike Farrell named his top five “prominent programs” that are the furthest from competing for a national championship.

Tennessee was listed in his top five, along with Florida State, Virginia Tech, Michigan, and Texas.

Not only did Farrell put the Vols among his top five toughest rebuilding jobs, but he also threw a sharp jab at the program in his analysis.

“Remember when Butch Jones was the issue? Well he won nine games in two seasons which is the most wins for the Vols since a 10-4 season in 2007 under Philip Fulmer,” wrote Farrell.

“Jeremy Pruitt went 16-19 and left behind a slew of recruiting violations for Josh Heupel,” added the Rivals national recruiting columnist.

It’s hard to argue with Farrell’s inclusion of the Vols on this list.

Tennessee is certainly nowhere close to competing for a national championship. And with NCAA sanctions likely on the way, it could be a while before the Vols have the ability to add the top-tier talent that’s necessary to compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff (Tennessee will probably face a scholarship reduction).

Unfortunately, this is just where Tennessee is right now. And it’s going to take a lot of work to change how the program is perceived on a national level.

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