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serious medical condition, is there any chance he might return as AD? I am assuming he will recover for the most part, but I know as you get older it is harder to regain your strength after a serious illness.
Is there an heir apparent in the Athletic Department?
if he isn't dead, then he will be back
He adores his job but I don't expect him at this time to return to work.
It's an interesting question - not ushering him out the door prematurely but the general question of who will replace him when he does decide to retire is legitimate.
At 73, it's a fact of life that he probably won't be able to fill the role much longer, so you wonder if they'll promote from within or conduct an external search when the time comes.
Also brings up the question about Dave Hart - should he have stayed to be next in line, or was he kindly informed that he wasn't getting the job anyways, so that's why he went to UT?
He really shouldn't have come back last time. He should be made AD Emeritus and hand pick his successor.
"You've got some nerve coming here." T. Yorke
Isn't "The Wizard of Oz" (Ozzie Newsome) waiting in the background for his chance at AD?
I think itll be Ozzie. He's won 2 Super Bowls as a GM. I don't think he has anything to prove. He's stated on different occasions he wanted to be back at the U of A. It would be a nice transition to retire from NFL and finish his career as the AD of his alma mater
Never Gets Old
I will always love CMM, but if there is any question as to whether or not it would be dangerous for him to come back, then he should retire. He is so loyal to Bama that he may never consider stepping down, but he is at a point where he has to take care of himself as well.
If he does step down, I hope we throw a parade for the ages for this man.
I think we've always known Ozzie would be the man when the time was right, but is the time right? Is Ozzie ready to come home?
I sure hope so.
I'm just guessing he has advanced COPD. He would not just recover from that.
I heard the seriousness of his condition has to do with the lungs.
Ozzie is a very realistic possibility as I understand it.
COPD does affect the lungs.
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Maybe what I heard was correct then. Hope he gets well and can recover.
wow.....what an idiotic post.
My guess is Shane Lyons will be named AD whenever Mal steps aside. Who knows? Maybe he will step aside soon and become a "special assistant to the President" to help with fundraising, etc.
I'm thinking Lyons was brought in for just such a purpose when Dave Hart left.
don't think so.
COPD never gets better, it can be managed, but it will never get better, why it's called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, it a chronic condition. I hate it for Mal, he is the very definition of a Bama man, my grandfather grew up with him and went to school with him at Dozier, and from all accounts comes from a great family, and is a great man! Not trying to be negative, just saying what I have experienced with COPD patients, but the older you get, the harder it gets to keep under control, and it get exacerbated alot easier as you age too. Praying for him, hope that he and his doctors can get it under control and he can step down as AD, and not be forced out by a disease! Mal will step down as a legend, and with alot of NC rings, really hope he can step down when he wants, and he deserves that.
The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards.
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