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Tennessee football: Josh Heupel has shortest leash of new hires, analyst says

New Tennessee NCAA college football head coach Josh Heupel speaks during an introductory press conference at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (Caitie McLekin/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, Pool) Tennessee Heupel Football

You would think that Tennessee football would give its new head coach plenty of time to rebuild the program. After all, he is inheriting one that went 3-7 last year, hasn’t had a top 25 finish since 2016, suffered a wave of transfers in the offseason and is in the midst of an NCAA investigation.

However, that’s not enough for Josh Heupel to have a lot of room to fail, according to one analyst.