Official Statements On Mal Moore

Officials at The University of Alabama commented Saturday on the death of former Crimson Tide Athletics Director Mal Moore, who died Saturday morning at Duke Medical Center at the age of 73.

Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban said, "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 number one reason we decided to make the move to Tuscaloosa.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his daughter Heather. There's no question we have lost a great man today. What won't be lost is Mal's legacy in serving our University to make it a better place today and in the future. Nobody genuinely cared more about the Crimson Tide than Mal did. Mal has positively impacted athletics at Alabama unlike anyone ever has or probably ever will."

Dr. Judy L. Bonner, President, The University of Alabama:

"Coach Moore was a transformational figure, a true visionary and a real friend to all who worked at The University of Alabama and loved it like Mal did. He was one of our best ambassadors and spent the vast majority of his life in service to his beloved Crimson Tide. Some people hope they can make a difference in life but Mal showed us all how to do it. Mal was a special friend to many and our collective thoughts and prayers are with his family, whom he loved with all of his heart."

Dr. Robert E. Witt, Chancellor, The University of Alabama System:

"Mal Moore was a champion by every measure and his impact on his alma mater and his native state will be felt for many years to come. We greatly respect his constant commitment to excellence, his unwavering professional and personal integrity, and his lifetime of exemplary service. Sandee and I mourn the passing of our dear friend and we extend our deepest sympathies to Heather and their family."

Bill Battle, Director of Athletics, The University of Alabama:

"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."

Ronny Robertson, Sr. Associate Athletics Director for Development

"Mal was a true Southern gentleman in every way. He did things the right way. He was always considerate of others and their feelings in any decision that he made. He was not only my boss, he was a great friend. I spent many happy times with him. I can say unequivocally that he loved The University of Alabama more than any person I have ever met. Not just the athletics teams but the University as a whole."

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