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Opinion

March 31, 2013

Moore left UA athletics with legacy intact

The Tuscaloosa News on UA athletic director Mal Moore:

There was a short period in the 1980s when Mal Moore wasn’t associated with the University of Alabama. Fittingly, he spent part of that period at about the only university that can lay claim to as storied a football heritage as UA —Notre Dame.

Many felt that Moore, who served as offensive coordinator under legendary Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant, should have followed Bryant as the Crimson Tide’s head coach. But when Bryant retired, Ray Perkins, another Bryant disciple, got the job.

Moore never got to be Alabama’s head coach. But he got to be the head coach’s boss when he became athletics director in 1999. Recently, he stepped down from that position to become a “special assistant” to UA President Judy Bonner.

Moore leaves the University of Alabama athletics program in historically good condition. The football program, both bellwether and cash cow for the athletics department, has won back-to-back national championships. Moore hired arguably America’s best football coach to run it.

His long association with UA saw him serve as an assistant coach, an administrator and athletics director. Through it all, he remained a humble, pleasant gentleman whose service to his family and his community were extraordinary.

Recently, UA named Bill Battle as athletics director, and we’re sure he will do a fine job. But no one will ever replace Mal Moore.

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