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Battle hired at Alabama, recommended for four-year contract

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Following up on the news from yesterday, Bill Battle was given the stamp of approval from Alabama’s Board of Trustees on Friday to become the schools’ new athletic director, succeeding Mal Moore.

While the terms of Battle’s contract with UA aren’t official, university president Judy Bonner has recommended that Battle be signed to an initial four-year term with an annual salary of $620,000. At 71, Battle is only two years younger than Moore, who was forced to step down earlier this week because of health reasons.

Battle and Moore share more than similar ages. Like Moore, Battle also played under legendary coach Bear Bryant and has deep roots with the Crimson Tide. After his playing and coaching days ended — Battle was the head coach at Tennessee in the 1970’s — he embarked on a successful business career. His most notable company,┬áCollegiate Licensing Company, sold for more than $100 million to IMG in 2007.

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16 Responses to “Battle hired at Alabama, recommended for four-year contract”
  1. southernpatriots says: Mar 22, 2013 5:27 PM

    That could be the full extent of the contract, since I am sure behind the scenes that Alabama reps are in some form of communication with Ozzie Newsome and that may well be the timing he is thinking about, if he would consider the AD job at Alabama.

    Bill Battle will do a good job and continue what Moore has been doing.

  2. cometkazie says: Mar 22, 2013 5:33 PM

    Congrats and best wishes.

  3. bigdinla says: Mar 22, 2013 7:36 PM

    Battle is perfect for Alabama right now. He is a very shrewd business man and will make sure Alabama gets the best deal not can with the new SEC network launching.

  4. suprmous says: Mar 22, 2013 8:49 PM

    Hello, southernpatriots, My Friend good to see you again. Who else would they choose but a protege of the Bear’s? They’ve gotta stick to somebody within the “family” because an outsider wouldn’t know what was expected, n’est pas? I’ve gotta feelin that Mr. Bill’s gonna work out just fine. He may be stuck in a time warp for a while but he’ll come around. Now I’ll just add my congrats to him and say that at least they got somebody honest.

  5. bamasleeper13 says: Mar 22, 2013 9:34 PM

    @southernpatriots
    You have been missed! I think Battle is a good choice, at least until Ozzie is ready to leave the Ravens!

  6. tuscaloosaguy says: Mar 22, 2013 10:12 PM

    After the failed experiment of Bob Bockwrath, who was an outsider with no connections to Alabama, we didn’t need that again. We needed someone who understood Alabama and what athletics mean here. We also don’t need or want another Andrew “Bowtie Man” Sorenson or Joab Thomas as school President.

  7. normtide says: Mar 22, 2013 11:01 PM

    Given his age, there is some reporters speculating that Battle is holding the seat for either Newsome or a retired Saban. Coach has stated he wouldn’t want to coach and be AD, but didn’t close three book on it, once retired from coaching. Ozzie has proven he can run an organization. I think Saban will excel in whatever he does, and can see Smart becoming coach. Won’t complain either way. But, getting ahead of myself. Lets get ROLLing AD Battle.

  8. southernpatriots says: Mar 22, 2013 11:12 PM

    suprmous: Thank you. I think they got a fine man as well. He promised to continue the initiatives of his predecessor and was greatly recommended by Mal Moore, so it is the best choice for them at this time.

    bamasleeper13: Thank you. It is good to be back, albeit a short time, maybe through the LSU Spring Game, then “road burning” again. I think you got it right.

    normtide: That is what our friends there think. There is also a convoluted thought that Nick Saban may be offered the presidency if and once he retires. Several have offered to underwrite his candidacy for U.S. Senate, but like I stated, those are convoluted thoughts at this time.

  9. normtide says: Mar 22, 2013 11:21 PM

    Honestly SP, politics would never be Saban’s thing. He doesn’t compromise very well lol. Same for university pres. I can see him succeeding at athletic director though. Only time will tell. I’m sure he will have options when he does hang up the whistle.

    Be safe in your endeavors. Remember, you can not help others unless you care for yourself first. Rest, relax, and enjoy your bayou Bengals while home.

  10. southernpatriots says: Mar 23, 2013 12:35 AM

    That is why I called it convoluted, based upon the same reasoning as you used. ha. Stranger things have happened, though. Don’t count him out. If he is able to add to his legacy, even a little, much less another NC, he may be able to write his own and punch his own ticket to anything in the state of Alabama.

    It was well known if Bear had wanted the governorship or US Senator he would have won and would have the financial backing to get there.

    I am doing as you stated. I have to do that more nowadays, ha with more white hairs coming on! My precious and beautiful bride of all these years told me she could make my hair any color I wanted. I did not understand her at first, but when she explained, I said to the love of my life, “Get away from me woman, I have earned every one of these white hairs!” ha.

  11. normtide says: Mar 23, 2013 12:46 AM

    I can’t disagree. I’ve been around long enough, and earned enough grey hair, to know that somethings are improbable, but nothing is impossible. The man has won four BCS titles and returned two programs to elite status. All due to hard work. My opinion is that anything he does, he will do well.

    Keep fighting the good fight, brother. Looking forward to another great game between our ‘damn strong’ football teams.

  12. suprmous says: Mar 23, 2013 4:25 AM

    normtide I couldn’t help but to chuckle when I saw your statement re Saban doesn’t compromise very well. You’re learnin about him. Fact is he doesn’t. He has a Type A personality but tries to hide it. L’il does he know he’s not doin such a good job of it. Now if a few others would just recognize him for what he is things would be easier to cope with. You keep learnin and you keep me smilin with what you’re learnin I’ll have to buy you a drink or 2,hahaha.

  13. vols84 says: Mar 24, 2013 10:01 AM

    Saw posts on here about Saban taking the AD job when he retires. How old is Saban? Surely he isn’t old enough to think about retiring.

  14. normtide says: Mar 24, 2013 11:40 AM

    Saban is 61, vols84. I have no idea how long he wants to coach. I was just relaying what some locals are reporting.

  15. vols84 says: Mar 24, 2013 6:05 PM

    Don’t get me wrong, would love to see him ride off into the sunset. He looks young. Wasn’t doubting anyone.

  16. normtide says: Mar 24, 2013 6:28 PM

    I have no idea how long he will coach. He seems like a high every guy, especially for his age. Its total speculation on my part about an AD career.

    On a side note, I’m looking forward to see how coach Jones does in his first year. The more I read about him, the more I think he can turn UT around.

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