Mal Moore’s Alabama legacy includes winning a football national championship ring for every finger and thumb as a player, assistant coach or administrator at his beloved alma mater. Now there will be no more. Alabama announced Wednesday that the athletics director is stepping down to become special assistant to University of Alabama president Judy Bonner. Moore has won one national championship as a player, six as an assistant coach, three as an athletics director and much more. In the beginning, he played and coached for the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant. In the end, Moore hired Coach Nick Saban in 2007 and celebrated an athletics department that won five national championships in four sports from January 2012 through January 2013. In between, Moore built a department with a $36 million annual budget into a $101 million empire, despite NCAA probation and coaching sex scandals. He led a building boom during a recession, twice expanding Bryant-Denny Stadium and transforming the 74-year-old facility into a 101,821-seat palace, one of the elite venues of college football.
By: Joseph Pedraza