The term "southern gentleman" has lost of a lot of its complimentary meaning in recent years, as laughable movie stereotypes depict seersucker-wearing villains speaking with syrupy faux accents.
But there is no other phrase to describe former Alabama athletic director Mal Moore, who passed away on Saturday night at Duke University Medical Center at the age of 73.
Moore was a throwback, not to the bad old days of Alabama's segregationist past, but to the better virtues of its strong, polite and hospitable ways. Despite a life in coaching, including stints as Alabama's first offensive coordinator in 1975 and another stint at the same position under Gene Stallings from 1990-93, few have ever uttered unkind words about him.
Moore was, to use a word he used often to describe others, charming.
The longtime athletic director (1999-2013) reveled in the use of old-fashioned language, dragging out words like "cross" to describe someone being angry and "blue" when referring to anything ev...