Moore Awarded AD Extension

Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore isn't likely to get trapped into a mis-speak. Asked if he was on pins and needles while he waited for The University to extend his contract, he said, "I'm very grateful. Now I've just got to hope I can make it that long."

On Wednesday, the compensation committee of the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees unanimously approved a three-year extension and hefty pay raise for Moore. The action was expected, particularly after University President Dr. Robert Witt indicated in recent interviews that he expected Moore's contract to be extended. It had been scheduled to expire next June.

The amendment to Moore's existing deal extends his contract through June 30, 2014. It also boosts his salary to $550,000 (up from $425,000) and includes new incentives based on academics and athletics, especially the performance of Alabama's football and men's and women's basketball programs, that could add significantly to the package.

Moore, who is 70, has said he has no plans to retire.

Moore said, "It is an honor to represent our fans, our state, and our University, and I am truly grateful to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor (Mack) Portera, and President Witt for this show of faith in me. The confidence shown in me is humbling, but it is really a show of confidence in our student- athletes, our coaches and our staff. Due to their fine work, we just completed one of the most successful years in our athletic history and our future is bright. There is plenty to accomplish on the conference and national levels and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead. I'm extremely excited about the direction of Alabama atletics."

Witt said, "I am very pleased to see Mal Moore's outstanding performance recognized in such a significant manner."

Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban said, "He's been a fabulous partner to work with here. We're very pleased and happy that he will continue to do that and that we will continue to work well together in the future so that we can continue to have the kind of success here. I think Mal's foresight in terms of building facilities here set the table. When people didn't have a real positive attitude about this program, he had the foresight to do it, It's one of the reasons we have been successful.

"He has certainly done everything he could do to make us successful as an athletics department as well as a football program."

The University even had a statement from Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive. "I am pleased for Mal that the University has acknowledged the significant contributions he has made to the athletics program over the years by extending his contract," Slive said. "While working tirelessly on behalf of The University, Mal is a valued colleague to all of us who have the pleasure to work with him on behalf of the conference."

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