It didn’t take long for Alabama president Judy Bonner to name a successor for former athletic director Mal Moore who stepped down yesterday because of health issues. In just 24 hours, the university has announced that former Crimson Tide football player Bill Battle will fill the vacancy. Battle was also a former head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers.
The board of trustees should make the move official on Friday.
“Based on Mal’s strong endorsement, as well as Coach Battle’s affiliation with UA as a player, partner and donor, his experience as a coach and his significant business background, I am confident that he is the right person to serve UA in this position,” Bonner said in a statement. “I am looking forward to working with him as we continue to build on the foundation of excellence that is the hallmark of Coach Moore’s tenure.”
Battle also wasted no time to confirm the report.
“It is with extremely mixed emotions that I am involved in this process,” Battle said. “My strong preference is that my teammate and longtime friend Mal Moore would be announcing another amazing accomplishment. When the University reached out to me, my instinct was to say no. However, after speaking with Dr. Bonner, [Alabama systems chancellor] Dr. [Robert] Witt, Coach Saban, Mal and Paul Bryant, and seeing what I’ve seen at the University, I couldn’t find a way to say no.”
On top of being a University of Alabama alum, Battle is an accomplished business man that will be able to help the school in a way much differently than Moore.
There were plenty of candidates who could have been chosen for the gig, but after considering all options, Bonner felt that rolling with Battle would be the best chnage for the school.
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