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Mal Moore (left) and Nick Saban (right) pose for a picture during a trophy presentation following Alabama's BCS National Championship victory in January. (abc3340.com) Mal Moore (left) and Nick Saban (right) pose for a picture during a trophy presentation following Alabama's BCS National Championship victory in January. (abc3340.com)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- A statement from University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban on former UA Director of Athletics Mal Moore, who passed away on Saturday, March 30, at the age of 73:

"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.

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"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."

Bill Battle, Director of Athletics, University of Alabama

"The University of Alabama and the world of intercollegiate athletics have lost a legend, and I have lost a dear friend," said Bill Battle, Director of Athletics at The University of Alabama. "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."

Dr. Judy L. Bonner, President, 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, 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."

Source:  www.rolltide.com

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