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Tuscaloosa, Ala. – The University of Alabama announced today that Coach Mal Moore will step down as athletics director, effective March 20, 2013, to become special assistant to President Judy Bonner.
“Mal Moore is Crimson Tide sports,” said Bonner. “During his tenure as athletics director, our student athletes have experienced unprecedented success in every aspect of their careers at UA, on the field of play and in the classroom. His contributions to UA athletics on every level are unsurpassed. And, while he will no longer be in charge of day-to-day operations, I am so pleased that we will continue to be able to rely on his wisdom and expertise going forward.”
“As many of you may know, due to factors related to my health, I am at a point that I can no longer fulfill my duties as athletics director in the true championship manner the position requires,” said Moore. “While I have to focus on my health issue, I look forward to maintaining an ongoing working relationship with this great University as special assistant to Dr. Bonner. I know I can count on each of you to continue your unequaled support for me and The University of Alabama.
“I cannot adequately express what the University means to me. It has been a part of my life for more than 50 years, and I feel honored to have served the Crimson Tide as a player, coach and administrator. I am so appreciative of the University administration, coaches, staff, student-athletes and fans who have made my tenure as director so very meaningful, memorable and special.”
A 1963 graduate of The University of Alabama, Moore earned both an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a 1964 master’s degree in Secondary Education from the Capstone. The University of Alabama’s director of Athletics since 1999, Moore was a football player under legendary Crimson Tide head coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant from 1958-62 and went on to serve as an assistant football coach on Bryant’s staff. Moore has the distinction of being a part of 10 national championship football teams as a player, coach and athletics director.
In 2011, he was elected to the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a coach and an administrator. After the completion of the 2011-12 academic and athletic seasons, Moore was named the winner of the John L. Toner Award, given by the National Football Foundation and the Hall of Fame to the nation’s best athletics director.
In addition to making his mark on Alabama, Moore also had a national impact as a key member of several prestigious NCAA and college football committees. He has served on the NCAA Division I Football Issues Committee, the SEC Athletics Directors Bowl Advisory Committee and the Big Six Conferences Minority Coaches Forum.
Moore’s successor as athletics director will be named as quickly as possible.
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
Please come home, Ozzie Newsome.
Anyone know who some REALISTIC candidates are? Obviously we've all heard Ozzie's name but would he leave the Super Bowl champs GM job? Who else is out there. TIA
To quote the Big Lebowski..."Goodnight sweet prince."
Don't see UA strokin' the kind of check it would require to bring Ozzie home.
So thankful for what Mal Moore has done for UA, best wishes to he and his family.
Chris could you give us ur guess of canidates to replace CMM...obviously ozzie, and dave hart will be on the radar
Sad day for those who love Coach Moore.. He will be missed as AD.. Still praying for his health to improve.. Roll Tide, Coach..
Dave Hart won't be on the radar
I don't think either is on the radar. Dave Hart left for Tennessee and I doubt he'll be coming back, and Ozzie just won a Super Bowl.
As for candidates, we'll let you know when we get a better feel for it.
Man deserves a statue, maybe in front of athletic building bearing his name.
Hope his health improves and Roll Tide Coach Moore!
What happened with Hart? Why has the relationship between him and UA gone sour? I know he went to UCHEAT but still, seems fairly qualified enough in my opinion to at the least get a call or interview
lets hope not
As I expect it to come up a lot, I'm going to politely remind anybody who isn't clear on the matter that being an NFL GM is a vastly more prestigious position then collegiate AD.
I wonder the same thing.
We know under CMM he met the right people and pressed the right flesh plus handled the day to day.
I'd like to think that this has become a destination AD job. It's been so long since it's been vacant that we haven't had to find that out for sure. Obviously it wouldn't be on the Florida, USC, Texas (those three for talent in the state) or Ohio State (they're good in both major sports) level, but it would have to be in that next tier. I'd think top 6-10 AD jobs nationwide. Football is second to none, gymnastics the same, softball is top tier, both golf programs are great, etc.
If nothing else the new guy will step into a great situation in the current term.
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Just FYI, we'll have more on this later today, in addition to practice (which begins in an hour).
It'll be a busy night on BOL.
I would like Jeremy Foley from UF. I know we probably can't get him, but he'd be a great hire. IMO
The guy who hired the Zooker?
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