The University of Alabama announced on Wednesday that athletic director Mal Moore would be stepping down from his position because of health reasons. The 73-year-old Moore was hospitalized last week with pulmonary problems and also spend time in the hospital last fall with an irregular heart beat. Alabama president Judy Bonner announced the move in a statement:
“Mal Moore is Crimson Tide sports. 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. And, while he will no longer be in charge of day-to-day operations, I am so pleased that we will continue to be able to rely on his wisdom and expertise going forward.”
Mal Moore also commented on his decision to step down and was very thankful and appreciative of his time with the university.
“As many of you may know, due to factors related to my health, I am at a point that I can no longer fulfill my duties as athletics director in the true championship manner the position requires,” said Moore. “While I have to focus on my health issue, I look forward to maintaining an ongoing working relationship with this great University as special assistant to Dr. Bonner. I know I can count on each of you to continue your unequaled support for me and The University of Alabama.
“I cannot adequately express what the University means to me. It has been a part of my life for more than 50 years, and I feel honored to have served the Crimson Tide as a player, coach and administrator. I am so appreciative of the University administration, coaches, staff, student-athletes and fans who have made my tenure as director so very meaningful, memorable and special.”
Moore won the national title as a player with the Crimson Tide and was the man who hired Nick Saban and sparked the team’s current dynasty.
There is no word on who will replace Moore, but a few names have been floating around including Tennessee Volunteers athletic director Dave Hart, Alabama’s deputy director of athletics Shane Lyons and Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.
We wish Moore all the best.