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University of Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore Stepping Down

Mal Moore

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After nearly 50 years affiliated with the University of Alabama as a player, coach and administrator, it was announced today that current Athletic Director Mal Moore is stepping down as athletic director, but will remain as special assistant to the President of the University, Judy Bonner.

Moore has been a fixture at Alabama since he was a player back in the late 50′s-early 60′s,  He was part of the Crimson Tide national championship team in 1961 as well. Moore left Alabama after his playing career for a single season and was an assistant at Montana State in 1963. But once he returned in 1964, he completed an 18-year tenure as an assistant before leaving briefly to dabble coaching at Notre Dame and in the NFL. But in 1990, he returned and the rest as they say is history.

Moore has been the athletic director at Alabama since 1999 after a six year stint as the assistant AD and under his watch the Crimson Tide has won three more national titles. Moore has cited health concerns as one of the reasons for him stepping down from the responsibilities at athletic director, and as he said he cannot run the department in a “championship” manner. At 73 years old Moore will be changing his role at Alabama, but will remain affiliated with the university.

Obviously Moore has been and always will be part of the Alabama family. There’s been no mention as to what his role will be at he special assistant to the president, but rest assured that on Saturday’s in the Fall Moore will be watching his Crimson Tide play, and yelling Roll Tide!

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