Former player remembers Mal Moore

By MICKEL PONTHIEUX / Sports Reporter

The University of Alabama family is mourning the loss of long-time athletic director Mal Moore after his passing on March 30.

Mal Moore

Mal Moore

Moore – age 73 – passed away in Durham, N.C. He played four seasons at quarterback for the Crimson Tide and had two coaching stints at Alabama – including the 1968 season, during which Conrad Fowler was a senior lineman.

“He was a wonderful man and a fine coach,” Fowler said about Moore. “We are going to miss him.”

After coaching the offense from 1990-1993, Moore became the assistant athletic director in 1994 and was promoted to AD in 1999.

Alabama won eight national titles under Moore’s leadership as athletic director, and he is largely credited for the hire of current head football coach Nick Saban.

“He certainly provided a great deal as an athletic director,” Fowler said. “He was a genuine person. I think he will be remembered by many in so many different ways. He was faithful to everyone as an individual.”