Terry Fair 'nervous, but extremely excited' to join Butch Jones' support staff

In this file photo from Sept. 4, 2009, former Tennessee teammate Peyton Manning, right, talks to Terry Fair outside the team locker room just named for Manning before the Western Kentucky game at Neyland Stadium.

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In this file photo from Sept. 4, 2009, former Tennessee teammate Peyton Manning, right, talks to Terry Fair outside the team locker room just named for Manning before the Western Kentucky game at Neyland Stadium.

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After several years in front of television cameras and radio microphones, former Tennessee great Terry Fair will be back on the field, joining new head coach Butch Jones’ staff in a support role.

Fair, 36, will be a defensive quality control assistant, one of a dozen new support staff members officially announced by the Vols on Monday.

“I feel like a kid that starting his first day of school,” Fair said. “I’m nervous but extremely excited.”

A Phoenix native, Fair was a four-year starter at defensive back for Tennessee. He made the league’s all-freshman team in 1994 and was All-SEC in 1996 and 1997.

Fair played four full seasons with the Detroit Lions after being selected in the first round of the 1998 NFL draft. He spent the 2002 season with Carolina and attempted a comeback in 2005 with St. Louis before retiring.

After his career, Fair spent three years coaching defensive backs at Phoenix College, a junior college in Arizona. Fair also has experience in broadcasting, working as a talk show host in Arizona and later doing television and radio work in Knoxville.

Jones offered him a chance to get back into the coaching business, and Fair said he plans to “hit the ground running.” His first day on the job is today.

Jones also unveiled 11 other staff members, many of whom have been working in Knoxville for the last month.

NCAA rules allow nine “on-field” assistants, but college programs often supplement those coaches by hiring administrative staff and “quality control” assistants who do video work and scouting. Tennessee will also have three graduate assistants, who take graduate-level classes toward a Master’s degree while serving on the coaching staff.

Among the other staff members announced Monday, J.R. Sandlin was the most notable. Sandlin, a native of Tuscaloosa, spent two years on the recruiting staff of Nick Saban at Alabama and was given the title “director of recruiting” at UT.

Keith Pantling, Cincinnati’s director of recruiting under Jones, will be a recruiting assistant at Tennessee. Chris Spognardi, who served as Jones’ chief of staff at Cincinnati, was named assistant to the head coach.

Joining Fair on the quality control staff are offensive quality control assistant Joe Bernardi and special teams quality control assistant Greg Meyer.

Larry Knight and Chase Gibson will be defensive graduate assistants. Former Oregon and Montana State quarterback Cody Kempt will be offensive graduate assistant.

UT also announced that associate coach Mike Szerszen and assistants Greg Adamson and Brandon Myles would join the football strength and conditioning staff headed by Dave Lawson.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

Great hire. More diversity among the staff and another former Vol with some NFL exp.

Hope it helps a bit with recruiting also.

Go Vols.

uttcut writes:

Good to have him back! We need several quality ties to our past to keep the family atmosphere that we are known for. I think this is a great hire.

VolBall18 writes:

Very good hire. Jones knows he has to keep ties with former players and this is the right way. I wish xtra would've used a different photo of TF though.

sameolvolalum writes:

Right move, CBJ. The staff (most having worked together in the same program and within the same philosophy) will be on the same page from day one, and home flavoring within that group will only help.

pj_ladyvolnMI writes:

Awesome! Great hire and great news!

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

This can't be true. GlennFordsFoible, troll extraordinair, says no former player would buy into the Vols right now. Thank you Coach for the good hire and thank you Terry a VFL!

BruisedOrange writes:

Of all the ways an athletic program could incorporate its accomplished alumni, I'd say this beats "wall mural" and "fund raising letter" by a mile.

rtrchatt writes:

Bama does not have a single coach with ties to the program. Has no bearing, you can either coach and develop players or you cannot. Roll Tide

PUL4VOLS writes:

FAIR acquisition, he brings a lot of Vol experience and will do a great job where ever he is utilized. Welcome back aboard the Rocky Top Express. GO BIG ORANGE!

volpreacher writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Bama does not have a single coach with ties to the program. Has no bearing, you can either coach and develop players or you cannot. Roll Tide

Who cares? If you live in Chattanooga why don't you move to that awful place. Go Irish! How that pains me to say that but I can't cheer for cheaters and fair weathered fans teams.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

Whhat in the world will Fred White do without him? They make up one of the best comedy teams on television, in a very positive way.

VolzsFan writes:

As long as Terry is not giving any lessons in financial planning or money management all is good.

Theo writes:

Glad to have Terry back but I have to ask -
what in the world is a Defensive Quality Control coach? Are we going to start applying Six Sigma to the football program? First coach to a black belt gets to be a Coordinator!

south_alabama_vol writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Bama does not have a single coach with ties to the program. Has no bearing, you can either coach and develop players or you cannot. Roll Tide

GO IRISH !!!

mountainbrook writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Bama does not have a single coach with ties to the program. Has no bearing, you can either coach and develop players or you cannot. Roll Tide

Golden Domes vs Mobile Homes.

willblitz4bacon writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Bama does not have a single coach with ties to the program. Has no bearing, you can either coach and develop players or you cannot. Roll Tide

Stop being such a RICHARD!
It's a quality control position you RICHARD!

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Bama does not have a single coach with ties to the program. Has no bearing, you can either coach and develop players or you cannot. Roll Tide

Go Irish!

Big_Orange_Aide writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Bama does not have a single coach with ties to the program. Has no bearing, you can either coach and develop players or you cannot. Roll Tide

You do realize you may be eating those words in a few; there are NFL teams making a move for Nicky. You may be hiring Freddie Kitchens soon as HC. Keep coming back and checking in on our Vols; you apparantly Neeeeed to know.

SmokeyPride writes:

Welcome back....great hire!!

WhitePineVol77 writes:

this cannot hurt! Good hire, as of right now.

TommyJack writes:

The hell does a QC coach do?

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to VolBall18:

Very good hire. Jones knows he has to keep ties with former players and this is the right way. I wish xtra would've used a different photo of TF though.

What's wrong with the photo?

CoverOrange writes:

in response to Theo:

Glad to have Terry back but I have to ask -
what in the world is a Defensive Quality Control coach? Are we going to start applying Six Sigma to the football program? First coach to a black belt gets to be a Coordinator!

Wondered the same thing. I know the pros have similarly named positions. May be that's the guy that updates the charts on each of the players.

This is a staff position, not a coaching position right?

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to TommyJack:

The hell does a QC coach do?

Damn if I know. Doesn't look like he has much coaching experence.

mlynn1 writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Bama does not have a single coach with ties to the program. Has no bearing, you can either coach and develop players or you cannot. Roll Tide

I could give 3 sheets about Alabama's coaching ties.

mlynn1 writes:

in response to mlynn1:

I could give 3 sheets about Alabama's coaching ties.

Oh yea, Go Irish!!!

Gunzilla writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Bama does not have a single coach with ties to the program. Has no bearing, you can either coach and develop players or you cannot. Roll Tide

Bama fans also marry their cousins and don't have all their teeth.

GOJO writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Bama does not have a single coach with ties to the program. Has no bearing, you can either coach and develop players or you cannot. Roll Tide

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'Round the bowl, and down the hole.
Rolls the Tide.

What do you think - - happened to the stink?
Tuscaloosa outside.

miatatom writes:

Maybe with Terry's experience in the secondary, he can help improve that part of our team. We need it.

wcirwin64#584242 writes:

QCC grad asst.
= CBJ found a spot for a well known former Vol to help with recruiting. . .nothing wrong with that !!

wcirwin64#584242 writes:

Also, GO SEC...ROLL TIDE... "til the 3rd Saturday in October.

DukeDeLuca2 writes:

Isn't Fair on a TV commercial for an ambulance chasing lawyer?

usafvol writes:

Just read WR 4 star Ryan Jenkins flipped from Clemson to us. According to Rivals, we have moved up to 25 in class recruiting. Good job and keep it up coaches.

RealisticVol writes:

in response to mountainbrook:

Golden Domes vs Mobile Homes.

Bwaaahahahahaha Great comment! +1

RealisticVol writes:

in response to Big_Orange_Aide:

You do realize you may be eating those words in a few; there are NFL teams making a move for Nicky. You may be hiring Freddie Kitchens soon as HC. Keep coming back and checking in on our Vols; you apparantly Neeeeed to know.

He knows we're coming and he keeps checking in the rear view mirror and wiping perspiration.

jfuston writes:

If he can teach our punt returners to return punts like he used to, thats good enough for me.

jt45 writes:

in response to mountainbrook:

Golden Domes vs Mobile Homes.

Good one! I dang near drowned my keyboard in coffee.

RockyTopVolFan writes:

Congratulations Terry, welcome back VFL.

Go Vols!

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

In response to everyone who wonders what a Defensive Quality Control position is, it probably doesn't matter. Anyone with the slightest knowlege of UT's financial situation knows they don't have excess money to throw around. Let's just trust Butch Jones' judgement and go from there. My ONLY question is, can he recruit and is he permitted to do so?

volforeverandever writes:

in response to Theo:

Glad to have Terry back but I have to ask -
what in the world is a Defensive Quality Control coach? Are we going to start applying Six Sigma to the football program? First coach to a black belt gets to be a Coordinator!

Six Sigma is the path to the poor house.

GOJO writes:

in response to amyinsparta:

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Sorry about your family problems Amy. Many times it turns out O.K.

brokendownoldvol writes:

Hope he coaches the secondary and punt returners! I like it.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to volpreacher:

Who cares? If you live in Chattanooga why don't you move to that awful place. Go Irish! How that pains me to say that but I can't cheer for cheaters and fair weathered fans teams.

Yeah, you tell him. Chattanooga is an awful place, full of Bama, Ga & Vol fans. I left 40 years ago & only go back to visit my mom, or on my way to my vacation home on Weiss Lake in ALABAMA!
I want Bama to kick the dookie out of Notre Damn! These Yankees are always wanting the SEC teams to lose, They're tired of SEC teams winning everything. If Bama loses, I'll never hear the end of it. A lot of folks from Tn. & Ky. in SW Mich & most of them are pulling for Bama. Used to see a lot of Orange on cars, not so much lately.
By the way, I understand the point rtr is trying to make. He just picked the wrong place to do it.
Just because somebody has ties to UT doesn't make them a coach.
Wish the Vols were playing!

ashvol7 writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Bama does not have a single coach with ties to the program. Has no bearing, you can either coach and develop players or you cannot. Roll Tide

Roll on down to the laundromat and use your soap that you named your team after, roll Fighting Irish! Make sure you use it on your neck!

BruisedOrange writes:

in response to Theo:

Glad to have Terry back but I have to ask -
what in the world is a Defensive Quality Control coach? Are we going to start applying Six Sigma to the football program? First coach to a black belt gets to be a Coordinator!

According to a previous Woodbery article:
"NCAA rules allow nine “on-field” coaches, but other staff members are often hired in administrative roles or as “quality control” assistants who do video work and scouting."

factoid: Alonzo Highsmith came out of the Phoenix College program.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Bama does not have a single coach with ties to the program. Has no bearing, you can either coach and develop players or you cannot. Roll Tide

Bama is the greatest pile of horse hocky to come along in years.So is the always rubbing people the wrong way posters.

Maybe little fellow,next Christmas or birthday someone will buy you a new pair of jeans with a hole cut inside the pocket.That way you will have someting to wear as well as something to play with.

Dalton writes:

in response to TommyJack:

The hell does a QC coach do?

Coach DB's man....like it says!

StoneJackBaller writes:

This can't be bad. Jones is very smart. He realizes he needs all the support he can get, and the best friends to have are former players.

richvol writes:

in response to VolFanInTheBoro:

This can't be true. GlennFordsFoible, troll extraordinair, says no former player would buy into the Vols right now. Thank you Coach for the good hire and thank you Terry a VFL!

Not only that...Glenn Ford sucked as an actor.

GOJO writes:

in response to Vol_in_Mich:

Damn if I know. Doesn't look like he has much coaching experence.

This position was created by some Universities a few years back after the NCAA limited the number of fulltime coaches to nine.
With all the demands on the Head Coach in fund raising, recruiting, & such things help was needed - - bingo quality control coach.
Michigan got into trouble with the NCAA by using then directly in coaching and working with players during off-season workouts; watching game and practice film with athletes; assisting with stretching and warm-up exercises during spring and fall practice; and attending meetings reserved for full-time coaches.

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