UA News from AD Mal Moore

University of Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore confirmed Thursday that Alabama is in negotiations to open the 2009 football season against Virginia Tech in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. All details have not been worked out, but at least one major hurdle has been taken care of.

The Crimson Tide has been scheduled to play Tulane in New Orleans in 2009. Moore said that BYU has agreed to take Alabama's place on the Green Wave schedule. Virginia Tech had previously revealed its hopes of playing in the GeorgiaDome against Alabama next season. Bama is opening this season against Clemson in the GeorgiaDome on August 30.

Moore also reveiled Alabama's athletics department is making plans for another expansion of Bryant-Denny Stadium, but when construction will start is to be determined by the president of The University, Dr. Robert Witt, and the Board of Trustees.

Moore did not reveal particulars of the planned expansion, but various sources have said the South end zone addition will take the stadium from a capacity of 92,180 to over 100,000.

Moore also said new Senior Associate Athletics Director Dave Hart, who came to Alabama after a long career as athletics director at Florida State, will be in charge of day-to-day administrative operations and report directly to Moore.

Hart will have oversight of men's basketball. Hart is a former Alabama basketball player and graduate assistant coach.

Both Hart and Moore said that Hart had "no deal" other than the position he has, and indicated that Moore will continue to serve as athletics director for some time.

Hart has filled two positions at The University, replacing Johnny Williams (retired)and Wendall Hudson (moved to women's basketball coach).

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