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Longtime Alabama AD Mal Moore passes away at age 73

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Mal Moore had to step away as Alabama’s athletic director earlier this month because of ongoing health issues. Sadly, Alabama has announced that Moore passed away today from those health complications.

The former player, coach and AD for the Tide was 73 years old when he passed at Duke University Medical Center. Among those to express their condolences were former Tide quarterback Greg McElroy and Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs.

It’s hard to even begin to describe what Moore meant to the University of Alabama. The school’s AD since 1999, Moore was a part of 10 national championship teams in some capacity over his career, including as a player on Bear Bryant‘s 1961 team. Three of those championships have also come under Moore’s best hire, Nick Saban.

After his playing days ended, Moore served under Bryant as a graduate assistant in 1964 and went on to serve as the Tide’s offensive coordinator in 1975. He was also Gene Stallings‘ OC from 1990-93, during which time Alabama won the 1992 national championship.

“Mal Moore is Crimson Tide sports,” said UA president Judy Bonner in a statement at the time of Moore’s retirement. “During his tenure as athletics director, our student athletes have experienced unprecedented success in every aspect of their careers at UA, on the field of play and in the classroom. His contributions to UA athletics on every level are unsurpassed.”

Moore was succeeded as Alabama’s AD by Bill Battle.

Our sincerest condolences go to Moore’s family.

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18 Responses to “Longtime Alabama AD Mal Moore passes away at age 73”
  1. southernpatriots says: Mar 30, 2013 3:16 PM

    I am so sorry to hear this. My condolences and prayers to Coach Moore’s family, his Tide family, and all the University of Alabama Crimson Tide fans and those who knew him for so many years as he served the university and athletic teams, boosters, and fans. No doubt Mal Moore was the University of Alabama and the Crimson Tide.

    My condolences to all CFT University of Alabama Crimson Tide fans.

  2. amosalanzostagg says: Mar 30, 2013 3:29 PM

    Good man. I was aware he had major health problems. I guess he just wore himself out.

  3. thraiderskin says: Mar 30, 2013 3:44 PM

    That is a damn shame, sorry Bama fans.

  4. suprmous says: Mar 30, 2013 4:03 PM

    Just when you think he has a chane of gettin the help he needs the carpet’s pulled out from under him. The 3 are in total shock as I am that he was taken so soon. Words just can’t say how shockin this is. RIP Mr. Mal, we all that ever crossed your path at one time or another or more if like me always saw one who was a gentleman. Your words of wisdom your acts of kindness will remain with some for the rest of their lives. Thank you for who and what you meant to the Bama Nation.

  5. Deb says: Mar 30, 2013 4:03 PM

    Just stunned by this news. Mal Moore has been part of Alabama athletics since before I was born. It’s difficult to imagine the program without his presence. Deepest condolences to those who knew him personally. The whole Tide family is mourning today.

  6. alligatorsnapper says: Mar 30, 2013 4:04 PM

    Yes, indeed sorry, Tide fans. My condolances to all.

  7. mrlaloosh says: Mar 30, 2013 4:15 PM

    R.I.P. Mr. Moore. Great loss to Bama.

  8. normtide says: Mar 30, 2013 4:28 PM

    The man knew what loyalty is all about. Hard work, pride, and family. Everyone has flaws, but you measure a man between his flaws and attributes. That makes Mal a great man. He dedicated his life to the university, and will be rewarded with a legacy that will last for as long as this state exists. Also, thanks for all the condolences from people outside of the Alabama spectrum. Very classy people, saying good bye to a very great man.

    Roll Tide Mal.

  9. tendigitpoet says: Mar 30, 2013 4:55 PM

    Condolences from Buckeye Country. He was the foundation for the Gibralter that is ‘Bama football.

  10. bamasleeper13 says: Mar 30, 2013 5:42 PM

    What a sad day. My prayers go out to his family. Mal did so much for the University in so many ways. He WAS Alabama athletics. He will be greatly missed. Roll Tide, Mal, Roll Tide.

  11. thefiesty1 says: Mar 30, 2013 6:12 PM

    Sorry to hear this. RIP Mal.

  12. be4bama says: Mar 30, 2013 7:40 PM

    Very sad day indeed for the BAMA Nation. I had heard his condition was serious but this is a total shock. And to those of you who have posted from other schools, I sincerely appreciate your kind comments.
    ROLL MAL ROLL. Thanks for the memories.

  13. cometkazie says: Mar 30, 2013 8:00 PM

    RIP, sir.

    One of the really decent fellows.

    My condolences to the ‘Bama family.

  14. aglawman says: Mar 30, 2013 8:40 PM

    From Aggieland,

    Godspeed, Mal. RIP

  15. dcroz says: Mar 30, 2013 9:17 PM

    While Moore is memorialized here as the one who hired Saban, his legacy as athletic director goes far beyond that. It was Moore who oversaw the expansion of Bryant-Denny Stadium from 83,000 seats to just over 101,000, making it the fifth-largest football stadium in the country and a showplace of which the university can be proud. He also oversaw upgrades to other sports facilities on campus (Coleman Coliseum, Foster Auditorium, weightroom, etc.) that have helped Alabama to become a national power beyond just football; last spring the Tide won four national titles, including its first back-to-back titles in women’s gymnastics and first-ever championships in women’s golf and softball. His impact on Alabama athletics will be felt for decades to come.

    Thank you for all you have done for the University of Alabama, Coach Moore. May you always have the best seat in the house on game day.

  16. grillkicker says: Mar 30, 2013 10:27 PM

    Mr. Moore was a great coach and greater man…as an SEC and LSU fan, I extend my condolences to Coach Moore’s family, and, Bama Nation. A giant in the history of the University of Alabama and SEC athletics was lost today.

  17. irishdodger says: Mar 31, 2013 12:39 AM

    RIP from an ND fan. Mal Moore was a class act & a link between two of CFBs more historic teams.

  18. mountaineer50415 says: Mar 31, 2013 5:46 PM

    Very sorry to hear this. My prayers go out to his family and the Tide Nation.

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