Mal Moore Selected For Hall Of Fame

Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore leads a contingent of three Alabama football men selected for induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in the Class of 2012.

The 2012 Induction Banquet will take place in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Reception and banquet tickets will be available at a later date.

Mal Moore has been a part of eight Alabama national football championships – so far. He was previously honored by the ASHOF as Distinguised Alabama Sportsman in 2007.

Moore, who has served The University as a player, assistant coach, offensive coordinator, and athletics director, is joined by former Tide players E.J. Junior and Charley Pell. Moore and Pell were selected in the Old Timers Category.

As a player and coach, he was a part of 14 SEC championships and 27 bowl trips. During a coaching career that spanned 31 years, Moore spent 22 of those at Alabama with stops at Montana State, Notre Dame and the NFL's St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals.

At Alabama, Moore started as a graduate assistant under Coach Paul Bryant in 1964, then as defensive backfield coach for six seasons (1965-70) before becoming quarterbacks coach from 1971-82, serving as the Tide's first offensive coordinator starting in 1975. He would go on to coordinate all of the offensive plays for several of Alabama's national championship football teams.

He has been associated with The University of Alabama as a student—the Dozier native was in Bryant's first football recrutiing class in 1958 and played on Bryant's first national championship team in 1961--, graduate assistant, assistant coach, administrator, and now as athletics director for more than 50 years.

He is the only individual connected with Alabama that has the distinction of being a part of eight national championship teams (1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992 and 2009) with the first coming as a player, the next six during his coaching career, and the most recent during his tenure as director of athletics.

He may have another national championship ring to show off at the induction ceremony as Bama is expected to meet LSU in this season's BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans on Jan. 9.

Charley Pell was also selected in the Old Timers Category. The Albertville native played at Alabama and was a member of the 1961 national championship team. He earned All-Southeastern Conference as an offensive guard and defensive tackle.

In 1968, at the age of 28, he became the youngest head coach and athletics director in the nation at Jacksonville State. He led the Gamecocks to the Gulf South Conference Championship in 1970, and finished second in the nation in Division II. He was 33-13-1 at Jacksonville State. In 1976, he was named defensive coordinator at Clemson and the following year he was named head coach. In 1978 his Clemson Tigers went 10-1 and captured the ACC Championship. For the second year in a row he was named ACC Coach of the Year.

After the 1978 season he left Clemson to be the head football coach at the University of Florida. His overall coaching record was 84-43-5 and a .636 winning percentage.

He passed away on May 29, 2001.

E.J. Junior III came to Alabama from Nashville and became a consensus All-America selection in 1980. He was SEC Lineman of the Year by both the Atlanta Touchdown Club and the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club. He was a finalist for the Lombardi Trophy his senior year.

He helped Alabama to national championships in 1978 and 1979. He was the fourth overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played 13 years in the NFL. He was an All-Pro two consecutive years with the Cardinals (1984 and 1985). He also played for the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks.

He has coached on both the collegiate and professional levels, and presently is the head football coach at Central State University.

Others selected for induction are former basketball player Artis Gilmore of Dothan in basketball, Bryan Kirkland of Leeds as a member of the USA Paralymnpic Gold Medal team in wheelchair rugby, Andre Tippett of Birmingham in football, Steve Wallace in football for Auburn, and former Alabama High School Athletic Association Executive Director Dan Washburn.

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