Just days after stepping away from his role as Alabama athletic director, Mal Moore has died. The 73-year-old who’d been connected with Crimson Tide athletics for six decades died today at Duke University Medical Center.
Moore had been battling serious heart problems for the past month. Alabama’s new AD, Bill Battle, said in a UA press release:
“The University of Alabama and the world of intercollegiate athletics have lost a legend, and I have lost a dear friend. My heart goes out to his family and close friends in this time of sadness. After a time of grieving, we can begin to celebrate Mal’s life, as his legacy will last for generations.”
“Mal was truly a special person in every sense of the word. We can talk about all the championships Mal has been involved with, but I think what will be remembered most was the man he was. He always put the best interests of others ahead of his own, he carried himself as a first-class gentleman, and he helped bring out the best in those around him.
Mal was an outstanding leader in terms of all he did for Alabama athletics. Most importantly, he was a great friend to me and my family. Mal was the No. 1 reason we decided to make the move to Tuscaloosa.”
Our sympathies go out to Moore’s family, as well as the University of Alabama family.