By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
— Mal Moore, who has been the atletic director for the University of Alabama since 1999 and associated with the Crimson Tide for far longer, has announced he is stepping down for health reasons.
Effective today (March 20), Moore will become a special assistant to UA Pesident Judy Bonner.
Moore, 73, has suffered several ailments over the past few months. Most recently, he was admitted to Brookwood Medical Center in Homewood, then transferred to Duke University's hospital for further testing.
Moore is a 1963 graduate of UA. He has been a part of 10 national champion football teams: one as a player, six as an assistant coach under Paul "Bear" Bryant and Gene Stallings, and three as AD. His biggest legacy may be the hiring of current coach Nick Saban, who has led the Tide to three BCS championships in four seasons.
As a coach, Moore had three other career stops away from the Capstone. He was an assistant at Montana State straight out of college. When Bryant retired and Ray Perkins declined to hire any of Bryant's assistants, he went to Notre Dame for four years, then worked under Stallings with the NFL Cardinals, first in St. Louis and then Phoenix. When Stallings came to Tuscaloosa in 1990, More came back as well.
Moore became associate AD in 1994, and replaced Bob Bockrath as the top man in 1999.
Over the last 15 months under Moore's watch, the school has won five national titles in four sports: football, softball, women's golf and women's gymnastics (twice).