Just a week after being hospitalized with heart issues, Alabama athletic director Mal Moore has decided to leave his current post immediately. The 73-year-old Moore has been the head of the Crimson Tide athletic department since 1999.
In a statement released this afternoon Moore said: “Due to factors related to my health, I am at a point I can no longer fulfill my duties as athletics director.”
Moore will take on the role of “special assistant” to UA president Judy Bonner. Speculation over who will replace Moore in the athletic director’s chair will now commence.
From 2008 through September of 2011, Alabama grad Dave Hart served as the “executive director of athletics” alongside Moore. From 2009 through his departure he was actually in charge of day-to-day operations of the UA athletic department while Moore turned his attention to fundraising. Hart left Alabama to become the AD at Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee in 2011.
UPDATE — We have been contacted by the University of Alabama and asked to change the initial wording of our story. We wrote that “Mal Moore has decided to resign from his current post immediately.” Then we wrote that will he take on a new role of “special assistant” to UA’s president (which is unchanged). Apparently saying he resigned one spot to take another was too much for Bama officials to bear — hey, a pun — so we’ve changed it. Now we say he’s decided to “leave” his current post immediately. Either way, health issues have forced Moore to step down from the top of the Alabama athletic department and take on a new advisory role with the school.