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I thought Chris did a great job putting into words what Mal Moore means to the University of Alabama. Of course, given the former UA player, coach and administrator's humble nature, he'd tell you that the University has been far better to him than the other way around. I like to think one wouldn't have been nearly as good without the other.
I guess if there is one way I'd sum up Moore's greatest gift it's the way he puts people at ease in his presence, from big dollar donors to the guy sitting in the top row of section 410. I'm guessing that attribute stems from his small hometown roots, which served as a starting point for a Southern gentleman who never seems out of his element, regardless of setting.
Talk about hot seats. In wearing both offensive coordinator and athletics director hats while serving UA, Moore occupied two of the warmest chairs in all of sports. In fact, from the standpoint of public opinion, it could be argued that backup quarterback was the best job he ever had at UA. After all, the No. 2 signal caller is always the most popular player on any football team.
And while his play calls as an offensive coordinator and hires as an AD may not have always been popular among the most rabid fanbase in all of college sports, even his harshest critics knew he had the Crimson Tide's best interests at heart. You may not have always liked Moore's calls, but his disarming nature makes it impossible not to like the man himself.
Things didn't always go smoothly; they seldom do for a person charged with the duties Moore carried out for parts of six decades. But make no mistake about it, Moore had a finishing kick the likes of which the Alabama athletic department has never seen.
He spearheaded the Crimson Tradition Fund at a time when the centerpiece of the department -- football -- was anything but thriving. With his legacy as an administrator hanging in the balance, he went to South Florida and brought back a football coach -- Nick Saban -- who erased a decade's worth of decay by winning three national titles in a span of six years. Ultimately, with his department capturing five national titles between January 9, 2012 and January 7, 2013, he went out like he came in: a winner.
The next guy might prove to be a little more up to date in this era of social networking. But he'll be hard pressed to match Moore's love for his alma mater, something that came through when networking the old fashioned way: With a sincere handshake and a reassuring smile.
Here's hoping for a full recovery for the man they still refer to as "Coach" so that we may experience both one more time.
This post has been edited 5 times, most recently by Travis Reier 13 months ago
Well put Travis, well put.
Yes sir. He is leaving things a lot better than what he inherited when he took the job. As stated somewhere else tonight, Coach Moore didnt want to be an AD at just any school. He wanted to be the AD at Bama. Hope he gets better so that he can still make it to some games so that he can see his beloved Crimson Tide play.
Roll Tide. Coach Moore.
Kudos Travis... This is the best description of what Coach Moore is to UA than any other I've read.
I've met Coach on a few occasions and I'm much closer to the guy sitting in the last row of 410 than the one writing large checks to UA, yet he always made me feel like the most important guy in the room. The way he represented our University with class and integrity cannot be overstated.
I met him ten years ago, when I was a lowly store clerk, and he spoke to me like we were equals and more than that it seemed genuine.
Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams,
Telling myself it's not as hard as it seems - Led Zeppelin
Single goal for incoming AD
DONT SCREW THIS UP.
"Touch that thang four" - Courtney Upshaw
Travis, thanks that is a great article. You are correct about the two hot seats a OC and AD. I remember at one time we old guys used to refer to him as MalFunction when he was OC. Sometimes his offenses were not very good and there were times when as AD we called for his head as well. CMS, CDF,CMP were all part of "THE PROCESS" we just didn't know it at the time. Thank you Coach Moore for what you have done as AD and wish you all the best and MAY GOD BLESS YOU. Get well soon.
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