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Alabama reacts to passing of former AD Mal Moore

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Saturday brought with it the somber news that former Alabama athletic director Mal Moore had passed away at the age of 73 from the result of a pulmonary condition.

His loss is certainly being felt in Tuscaloosa, but officials from all across the SEC have started sending their condolences as well.

Below is a statement from Moore’s successor, Bill Battle:

“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.”

And here’s one from Tide coach Nick Saban:

“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.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his daughter Heather. There’s no question we have lost a great man today. What won’t be lost is Mal’s legacy in serving our University to make it a better place today and in the future. Nobody genuinely cared more about the Crimson Tide than Mal did. Mal has positively impacted athletics at Alabama unlike anyone ever has or probably ever will.”

And from UA president Judy Bonner:

“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.”

Additionally, Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs released a statement on Moore’s passing:

“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.”

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9 Responses to “Alabama reacts to passing of former AD Mal Moore”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Mar 30, 2013 6:07 PM

    Friends and business associates tell me that Coach Moore always was a Southern gentleman. He had time for Tide fans, and visitors, as well as fans from competing teams (like LSU) when they were in town for games. He will really be missed by friends and all those he came in contact with.

    Condolences to all.

  2. southernpatriots says: Mar 30, 2013 6:13 PM

    Coach Saban said it so well:

    “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.”

    I know the University of Alabama and its coaches, and all of its fans will see the impact of Coach Moore for years to come. He definitely left a great legacy.

    Condolences again to all his friends, and the Tide Nation of fans.

  3. rendadoll says: Mar 30, 2013 6:22 PM

    Coach Mal Moore, began the journey as a Football Player, wearing the Number 10 jersey. He played for Coach Bryant, Coached for Coach Bryant, had a wonderful career that brought him back full circle to Alabama as the AD. Coach Moore left a legacy of winning and honor, just like Coach Bryant and many others. He will be missed greatly down here on Earth, but I am sure that somewhere on some golden cloud he a very happy Family reunion and a Football Family reunion is happening. Mal Moore, no longer weighted down by lungs that could not function any longer, he is now healed eternally, he finished the race here and has moved onwards to eternal joy and rest. God bless you Coach Moore and your Family. You are MISSED! Roll Tide Roll, Coach Moore.

  4. be4bama says: Mar 30, 2013 7:47 PM

    Just breaks my heart. Thanks for the momories Coach Moore!!
    ROLL TIDE ROLL

  5. cometkazie says: Mar 30, 2013 8:16 PM

    RIP.

  6. sportsfaninyyc says: Mar 30, 2013 10:06 PM

    Wow, he went fast, kind of a blessing, I guess. RIP. Roll Tide.

  7. tuscaloosaguy says: Mar 30, 2013 11:00 PM

    My late Mother worked in the Athletic Department for 15 years until she was 80. When she passed away, I set up visitation for two nights so everyone would have a chance to attend. He was so nice to me as well as the rest of the Athletic Department. I worked there for 13 years and he was always nice to me, saw him last October.
    He did not have a mean bone in his body and was tremendously faithful to his wife, Charlotte; who was in a nursing home with Alzheimer’s for 20 years until her passing in January 2010. He visited her ever day even though she never recognized he was there; there was never a hint of unfaithfulness during that time or beforehand.

    He was a lot like Moses who led there people from out of the desert into the land of plenty.

    He was the bridge from the era’s of Coach Bryant to Coach Stallings to Coach Saba. Sadly, another link to Coach Bryant is no longer with us.

  8. southernpatriots says: Mar 30, 2013 11:18 PM

    tuscaloosaguy:

    Thank you for your testimonial. I know similar things about Coach Moore. He was always a Southern gentleman to fans and to visitors, even to those with purple blood and a gold heart for LSU. He would always enquire how Coach Cholly Mac was doing, or Coach Dietzel or how our baseball team was doing that season and would they get back to Omaha, etc. He mentioned on several occasions Tiger Stadium as being so loud that it was hard to think….ha.

    I never met a person who actually met Coach Moore who did not like him.

    Thank you again for your testimonial. I truly enjoyed it, and know that was the Coach Moore my family and I knew as well.

  9. tuscaloosaguy says: Mar 31, 2013 1:17 AM

    He was always the Grandfather we would like to remember and like myself, who never knew your Grandparents, the Grandfather you wish you had.

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