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Mal Moore posthumously given emeritus status

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Ten days before his passing last month, former Alabama athletic director Mal Moore stepped down because of ongoing health problems. Moore said at the time that he would serve in a reduced role as a special assistant President Judy Bonner, and the plan was for Moore to receive emeritus status as well. Sadly, the first part didn’t happen, but Alabama is making sure the second part does.

the University System’s Board of Trustees voted to posthumously appoint Moore as Athletic Director Emeritus in their meeting in Huntsville today. According to the resolution, the decision was made because Moore “made an indelible mark on one of the nation’s most storied athletic programs and generating devotion from the university community…”

Moore died at the age of 73 and was part of 10 national championships at Alabama. He was succeeded by Bill Battle.

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13 Responses to “Mal Moore posthumously given emeritus status”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Apr 12, 2013 8:38 PM

    The Board of Trustees did the right thing. Honoring the word of President Bonner and thus the University of Alabama to the icon Mal Moore is very much the right thing to do. Other ADs in the future surely have a great example of a man and of a AD to follow.

  2. mogogo1 says: Apr 13, 2013 12:23 AM

    Only sad thing is it didn’t have to be posthumous… The recommendation to give him emeritus status came at the same time as the recommendation to hire Battle, and he was hired a week or so prior to Moore’s passing away. CFT originally suggested those two things would be approved at the same meeting. So, why did they decide to wait to honor Moore?

  3. effjohntaylornorelation says: Apr 13, 2013 10:43 AM

    What will this status mean to his surviving family?

  4. Deb says: Apr 13, 2013 1:16 PM

    Emeritus is an honorary title that usually includes only token compensation–such as a special parking place on campus and library privileges. Emeritus professors may receive a small percentage (7-10%) of their former salaries for teaching summer or off-term courses. Since Moore was named Athletic Director Emeritus, he wouldn’t have been teaching. It’s unlikely any financial compensation would have come with the title.

    Moore was a widower whose wife died from Alzheimer’s; he resigned from coaching and moved into administration so he’d have more time to care for her. He is survived by a married daughter and two grandchildren.

  5. tigersgeaux says: Apr 14, 2013 6:10 PM

    I’ve been working “turn-arounds” and some doubles, so I have been missing out on a lot of other things, including this story. Now I get to read my old emails from CFT. Glad AD Moore is getting the emeritus. I hear from southernpatriots who met him quite a few times and reading I did about his care for his ailing wife, he was a very good man.

    By the way, who the hell, yes who the hell, gave Deb two negative thumbs down for simply explaining the emeritus honor at U of A and giving some background about Moore. There are some real jerks here on CFT.

  6. Deb says: Apr 14, 2013 6:24 PM

    @tigersgeaux …

    Thank you! I was just trying to answer the previous guy.

  7. tigersgeaux says: Apr 15, 2013 12:01 AM

    You’re welcome. I don’t quite have the words to describe the gall and stupidity of some CFT posters. I have run across them on Notre Dame stories, Ohio State stories, USC stories, and others and any imaginary tie-ins to those teams. Since this story does not tie into any of those teams or stories and is exclusively Alabama, why do they do that? Pitiful.

  8. tigersgeaux says: Apr 15, 2013 8:15 AM

    Clare Boothe Luce actually wrote this (can’t find where Oscar Wilde ever did):

    “No good deed goes unpunished.”

    In quoting it, I suppose I am being cynical. Yep.

  9. Deb says: Apr 15, 2013 1:48 PM

    Football blogs will make you cynical. I still can’t get past the people who put thumbs down on condolence posts. And on PFT, I’ve seen people come onto posts about a player’s death to talk about what a rotten guy he was. Sometimes family and friends of the deceased read those posts. If you didn’t like a player, that’s your business. But why post about it on a memorial thread?

  10. tigersgeaux says: Apr 15, 2013 8:08 PM

    I don’t read PFT much after reading some of the stupidity last year put up against Drew Brees. What more do they want from a QB? Give him a defense and things would be different, but he can throw for a record season, he can give millions to help local inner city children have school supplies and computers and nothing he does is enough for some people, so that was it for me and PFT.

    It is CFT that bothers me when there is nothing whatsoever to be negative about, no one is getting criticized, there is nothing controversial, there is only good or explanation going forth and you are right, I remember negative thumbs about respectful obits or when Jimbo & Candi Fisher’s son was discovered with Fanconi anemia and they started a foundation for children with that disease. Negatives on that? Negatives on Mal Moore? What?

    I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me, but boy does this country need prayer! Apparently another terrorist bombs or bombs at the Boston Marathon. Sick people. We need much better mental health service, not cutting back on funding but increasing it!

  11. Deb says: Apr 15, 2013 9:17 PM

    PFT is aggravating, but (believe it or not ;) ) I’m more into the NFL than college ball. So if time is limited, I’ll spend more time there. The real problem on that site is the goofy moderation. My post offering prayers and well wishes to those in Boston was censored. There’s no rhyme or reason to the moderation at all. I thought for a long time that it was personal, but it’s finally come out that they do this across the board. If you write thoughtful football posts, you’re censored. But if you write junior-high nonsense, you get through.

    I’ve always liked Drew Brees–was flabbergasted the Saints stalled so long on his contract. For me, he’s one of the top four QBs in the league. A lot of that negativity toward him came because people were annoyed that he was a vocal union advocate. But I supported the NFLPA during the lockout and thought he handled himself well.

    Yes … we need prayers and better mental health services. Two things we can definitely agree on!

  12. tigersgeaux says: Apr 16, 2013 9:15 AM

    Members of the southernpatriots family went to Baton Rouge and appealed to Gov. Jindal for more funding for the only full service children’s hospital along the Gulf Coast in New Orleans, and for mental health services.

    I liked their final argument after making all the appeals for the public good, they said they had paid $(a huge amount of taxes over the past 50 years or so to the state of Louisiana) and did not ask for much for their taxes over that half century, but for the sake of the children and those in need of mental services, they asked for some recognition of their lifetime of service and taxes.

    Whether that affected the final outcome or not, I am not sure, but there was at least some increase in those areas over what was allocated originally.
    WWL TV/radio is doing some fund raisers to try to help also. They are seeking private foundation donations and grants and other methods to try to keep the hospital open and the mental health services still functional.

    Take care of yourself out there! The snow birds will be returning in another couple of months so prepare yourself…ha! I was in central and southeastern Florida last year in late summer/early fall when the snow birds were returning…it was crazy!

  13. Deb says: Apr 16, 2013 12:40 PM

    LOL … it is crazy when they arrive! Driving becomes much more interesting :) Hope southernpatriots made some inroads with their efforts. Louisiana has taken so many hits in recent years. You be careful during the upcoming hurricane season–they say we can expect another active one. Seems like it’s always something, doesn’t it?

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