Former University of Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore passed away at the age of 73 at Duke Medical Center early Saturday morning from pulmonary problems. Moore has been at the University since 1958, first playing under Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant as the quarterback and played for the 1961 National Championship team with teammate and current Athletic Director Bill Battle. Moore recommended Battle to take over as the athletic director while he was going to be the special assistant for university President Judy Bonner.
Multiple athletes from the University of Alabama tweeted the day that Moore passed, including starting quarterback A.J. McCarron. McCarron stated, "I love you coach & know you will be watching over us from above. We will always remember you. #loveU."
Moore did a lot for the university, from the multiple facilities that he built totaling 240 million dollars, plus the renovation of Bryant Denney Stadium, making it one of the biggest in the nation. Moore was hired as the athletic director in 1999 and was instrumental in the hiring of four head football coaches, including Dennis Franchione, Mike Price, Mike Shula, and current head coach Nick Saban.
Coach Moore won several championships during his tenure as Athletic Director, including this past year, which gave the university an amazing feat of winning 4 national championships with football, gymnastics, softball and women’s golf. Mal Moore was a winner as a player, coach and administrator at the University of Alabama, being part of 10 total football national championships and multiple accolades throughout his career.
Moore was a winner at Alabama but was also a great person. As head football Coach Nick Saban said, "Mal was truly a special person in every sense of the word. We can talk about all the championships Mal has been involved with, but I think what will be remembered most was the man he was. He always put the best interests of others ahead of his own, he carried himself as a first-class gentleman, and he helped bring out the best in those around him. Mal was an outstanding leader in terms of all he did for Alabama athletics. Most importantly, he was a great friend to me and my family. Mal was the number one reason we decided to make the move to Tuscaloosa.''
Mal Moore will be missed at the University of Alabama not only for winning championships but for the man that he was.