TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) – The University of Alabama issued the following statement Saturday Afternoon:
“The University of Alabama is sad to report that longtime Director of Athletics Mal Moore passed away on Saturday at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Mr. Moore was 73 years old. Further details will be available later.”
Athletic Director Bill Battle writes, “The University of Alabama and the world of intercollegiate athletics have lost a legend, and I have lost a dear friend. My heart goes out to his family and close friends in this time of sadness. After a time of grieving, we can begin to celebrate Mal’s life, as his legacy will last for generations.”
Coach Nick Saban had this to say, “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.”
University President Dr. Judy L. Bonner says, “Coach Moore was a transformational figure, a true visionary and a real friend to all who worked at The University of Alabama and loved it like Mal did. He was one of our best ambassadors and spent the vast majority of his life in service to his beloved Crimson Tide. Some people hope they can make a difference in life but Mal showed us all how to do it. Mal was a special friend to many and our collective thoughts and prayers are with his family, whom he loved with all of his heart.”
And Chancellor Dr. Robert E. Witt says, “Mal Moore was a champion by every measure and his impact on his alma mater and his native state will be felt for many years to come. We greatly respect his constant commitment to excellence, his unwavering professional and personal integrity, and his lifetime of exemplary service. Sandee and I mourn the passing of our dear friend and we extend our deepest sympathies to Heather and their family.”
Auburn Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs also released a statement on Mal Moore’s passing saying, “I’m extremely saddened by the passing of my friend and colleague, Mal Moore. He served his alma mater with grace and dignity, and spent a majority of his life giving to the university that he loved. Mal was an outstanding leader, fierce competitor and most important, an outstanding human being. He will be missed, but his legacy at Alabama will live on forever. On behalf of the Auburn Family, our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter, Heather, the extended Moore family, as well as everyone associated with the University of Alabama.”
ORIGINIAL: Mal Moore was born in Dozier, Alabama in 1939. He has been associated with Alabama football for over 50 years, beginning with his tenure as a player for the Crimson Tide from 1958 through ’62.
But he made his mark as Bear Bryant’s Assistant Coach and right hand man during Alabama’s run of five national championships in the 60′s and 70′s.
Eventually he moved on to coach in the nfl, but returned to Alabama as offensive Co-Ordinator under Gene Stallings from 1990 to ’93, during which the tide won another national title.
Moore was named athletic director in 1999. He oversaw more than 240 million dollars of capital improvements to the school’s athletic facilities.
In January of 2007 Moore stunned the sports world by announcing the hiring of Nick Saban away from the Miami Dolphins of the NFL to be Alabama’s new football coach.
Saban won three more national titles in his first six years at the helm.
In 2011, Mal Moore was elected to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
The football building on campus has been named after him.
He is the only person associated with the school to be part of ten national championships as a player, coach and administrator.
Moore is destined to be forever a key part of Alabama’s rich football legacy.