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In today’s Fact or Fiction — transfer portal edition — I look at three big recent topics from the transfer portal and decide whether the statement is indeed FACT or if it’s FICTION.


1. Sam Pittman has lost his team.

Farrell’s take: FACT

28 players. That’s how many have hit the portal from Arkansas since the start of the season. DE Jordan Domineck is the fifth alone on the defensive line. Sam Pittman was a savior for Arkansas after last season’s 9-4 record but now after a 7-6 year fans are worried. This roster will be overhauled and some of it is by choice but some of these portal losses are alarming. This is not a good sign.

Nov 12, 2022; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Malik Hornsby rushes in the first quarter against the LSU Tigers at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Nov 12, 2022; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Malik Hornsby rushes in the first quarter against the LSU Tigers at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Hornsby has since entered the transfer portal.

2. A&M has killed it in the portal so far.

Farrell’s take: FACT

FSU and Michigan are getting much of the accolades but watch out for the Aggies. Everyone talks about who they are losing, and they are losing talent, but remember a few of the big names had off field issues and hadn’t bought in to Jimbo Fisher. Adding Sam McCall from Florida State, one of the best talents available, and Tony Grimes from UNC will shore up the defensive backfield in a big way. Two commits won’t land them on any top team lists but these are two crucial gets of players coveted heavily coming off a horrible season.

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Oct 8, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels defensive back Tony Grimes (1) tackles Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Frank Ladson Jr. (8) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium.

Oct 8, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels defensive back Tony Grimes (1) tackles Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Frank Ladson Jr. (8) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Grimes transferred to Texas A&M after the 2022 season.

3. Tanner Mordecai and Wisconsin is an odd fit.

Farrell’s take: FICTION

Once upon a time a pass happy QB like Mordecai wouldn’t look twice at Wisconsin. But with Luke Fickell in charge now and former UNC offensive coordinator Phil Longo bringing a wide open offense to Madison, Mordecai is a great fit. With Nick Evers coming over from OU in the portal as well as a young QB, Mordecai is what’s needed there to bridge that gap.

Nov 17, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; (Editors Notes: Caption Correction) Southern Methodist Mustangs quarterback Tanner Mordecai (8) looks to pass against the Tulane Green Wave during the first half at Yulman Stadium.

Nov 17, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; (Editors Notes: Caption Correction) Southern Methodist Mustangs quarterback Tanner Mordecai (8) looks to pass against the Tulane Green Wave during the first half at Yulman Stadium.