The hiring of Fair completes an impressive staff for new Rams coach Mike Bobo, who was hired last month. The two played against each other in college when Bobo was a quarterback at Georgia from 1993-97 and Fair was a cornerback at Tennessee from 1994-97.
A first-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 1998, he played six seasons in the NFL, racking up 215 tackles, one sack and seven interceptions. As a rookie, he was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team, the All-Pro Team and was an alternate for the Pro Bowl.
After his playing days, the 38-year-old Fair spent three years coaching at Phoenix College, a junior college in Arizona. The Phoenix native was later co-host of a sports radio talk show in Knoxville before joining the Volunteers in his defensive quality control assistant position in 2013.
Along with Fair, Bobo has hired Georgia offensive line coach and run game coordinator Will Friend as his offensive coordinator, Central Florida defensive coordinator Tyson Summers to the same position and Georgia director of player personnel Ronnie Letson as quarterbacks coach. He also brought in former Louisiana-Monroe running backs coach Bryan Applewhite in a yet to be announced role and retained Marty English, Jeff Hammerschmidt and wide receivers coach Alvis Whitted.
The 40-year-old Bobo has spent the last 14 seasons coaching at Georgia, including the last eight as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. His unit’s 537 points this year set a Bulldogs’ single-season record, breaking the previous it set under him two seasons earlier, and averaged 41.7 points per game, eighth-best in the FBS.
Bobo inherits a team that had a 10-3 record this past season under former coach Jim McElwain, who left for the same position at Florida. The Rams return star junior-to-be wide receiver Rashard Higgins, a finalist this past season for the Biletnikoff Award, which is given to the nation’s top receiver, and a majority of their defense.