Category Archives: Mal Moore

Mal Moore contract extended

The compensation committee of the UA board of trustees just gave unanimous approval to extend athletic director Mal Moore’s contract through 2014.

Moore, 70, will get a base salary of $550,000 a year — up from $425,000 a year — over the next four with several incentives possible. For example, if the Crimson Tide football team wins a national title, Moore lands another $50,000.

Moore would also get bonuses for student-athlete academic success. If the overall graduation percentage for all athletes is five percent better than the general undergraduate population, Moore nets an extra $40,000.

Overall, not a bad day for Moore.

Here’s the statement the AD just released through UA media relations:

“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 athletics.”

Read more in tomorrow’s paper.

Mal Moore’s wife passes away

From the Associated Press:

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — University of Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore’s wife, Charlotte Davis Moore, has died. She was 71.

The Alabama sports information office said Tuesday that Charlotte Moore died Monday after spending the last four years in a Tuscaloosa nursing home with Alzheimer’s.

The Moores were married in 1968.

Charlotte Moore was the former supervisor of special education teachers for Tuscaloosa County schools and held bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, with burial at 11 a.m. Thursday at Good Hope Cemetery in Dozier.

Tide to Vols: Don’t wear orange in our house

File this under the funny but pointless category.

Tennessee was ready to renew the tradition of wearing orange in Saturday’s game in Bryant-Denny Stadium and the SEC gave the go-ahead.

But Alabama said no.

Vol coach Lane Kiffin told reporters in Knoxville that Alabama turned down the request to sport orange on the road and did not give a reason why.

When asked if he’d be willing to concede a 15-yard penalty and leave the white jerseys at home, Kiffin said no.

“We’re not good enough to do that,” he said. “The last thing we want to do is kick off 15 yards back.”

Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore issued a statement Monday evening addressing the issue.

“Mike (Hamilton) and I had a good conversation this morning and I told him that it is our desire to maintain the custom of the visiting team wearing their visiting jerseys,” Moore said. “We’ll continue to wear our white jerseys when we visit Knoxville next year.”

Assistant takes over Tide baseball program

According to a new release, long-time Alabama baseball assistant Mitch Gaspard has been promoted to the head coaching job in the wake of Jim Wells’ retirement.

Gaspard agreed to a 3-year contract that requires final approval from the compensation committee of the board of trustees. That is the same body that still must approve football coach Nick Saban’s contract extension.

In Tuesday’s release, Athletics Director Mal Moore said Wells informed him Monday of his intentions to retire.

“Jim served our baseball program with distinction for 15 seasons,” Moore said in the release. “I have tremendous respect for Jim and the reasons for which he made this decision at this time.”

Read more in Wednesday’s paper.

Terrence Cody back at practice

After missing three practices with the flu, Alabama nose guard Terrence Cody was on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields on Saturday afternoon.

The 350-pound senior appeared gassed at times between drills.

Teammates also joked with him about being a little rusty after messing up one of the workouts.

Also in attendance was Athletics Director Mal Moore who recently wrapped up negotiations to extend coach Nick Saban’s contract through 2017. The media viewing period at the beginning of practice was cut short when an intense rain storm blew through Tuscaloosa, sending writers and photographers running for the hills (or their vehicles).

Read more in Sunday’s paper and check back later for video of Cody practicing.

President Witt supports Mal Moore

Another long Thursday in Tuscaloosa ended with a confident statement from Alabama President Robert Witt. Following Alabama System Board of Trustee committee meetings, Witt said he was standing behind AD Mal Moore after his second round of NCAA sanctions in his 10 years as AD. (In case you missed it, UA is appealing).

“I have 100 percent confidence in Mal Moore,” said Witt. “I believe we have the finest athletic director anywhere in the country.”

Finis St. John, the president of the trustees also supported Moore and the decision to appeal the NCAA sanction. St. John went as far as to say Moore had no responsibility in the textbook distribution scandal.

Also in the meeting, the Physical Plant Committee gave initial approval to three athletic projects:

  1. A $4.5 million expansion of Coleman Coliseum for a men’s basketball practice facility.
  2. A $15 million renovation of historic Foster Auditorium for the women’s basketball and volleyball programs.
  3. The wild card, a late entry to the agenda was $1.3 million for upgrades to the Mal Moore Athletic Facility would make the building more recruiting friendly.

Read more about all of the above in Friday’s edition of the Daily.