An Introduction Of Mal Moore

From time-to-time it has been my privilege to introduce Mal Moore. A couple of months ago I introduced him prior to a speech he was to give, and he seemed to enjoy the introduction. (He also laughed when I once introduced him as "a man who needs no introduction," and then walked away from the podium.) Here is the recent introduction:



Many, many years ago, a young boy went to a county fair. And when he came home, he told his mother he had found what he wanted to do in life. He said he wanted to be a gypsy fortune-teller. His mother said, "You can't be a gypsy fortune-teller. Those gypsy fortune-tellers wear gold and diamond rings on every finger. How in the world would a boy from Dozier, Alabama, ever get 10 diamond rings?"

To say that Mal Moore's eventual career path has been good for The University of Alabama is an understatement.

The problem with introducing Coach Moore is keeping the introduction shorter than the program.

By now, everyone knows that Mal was a member of Coach Paul Bryant's first recruiting class and that Mal has national championship rings as a player (1961), assistant coach (1964-65), offensive coordinator (1973, 78, 79, and 1992 under Gene Stallings), and athletics director (three of the last four years under Nick Saban). That's 10 national championship rings.

All told, Mal – who earned both undergraduate and master's degrees from The University -- has been a part of the Crimson Tide for an astounding 46 years. Which means, of course, that he failed to deliver a national championship in football 36 times.

Since being named director of athletics in 1999, however, Mal has overseen programs that delivered three national championships in football, three in gymnastics, and one each in women's golf and softball. Bama has won Southeastern Conference championships in football, basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, and men's cross country.

He has 17 SEC football championships and made 39 Alabama bowl trips.

Barack Obama is jealous of Mal's ability to take our money, and a drunken sailor would be envious of his ability to spend it. During his tenure as director of athletics, he has overseen facilities projects costing over $200 million.

He has also made several successful coaching hires, including his unrelenting pursuit to bring Nick Saban to Tuscaloosa. At last week's parade and celebration Mal called Saban the best coach in America and added, "I'm glad he's on our side."

Last December at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City – a long way from Dozier, Alabama --, Mal was honored by the National Football Foundation with the John L. Toner Award presented to the nation's most outstanding director of athletics.

To borrow a phrase, I'm glad Mal Moore is on our side.

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