Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 3/30/13

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team onto the field to face the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Former Alabama athletic director Mal Moore, who played and coached under Bear Bryant and hired Nick Saban as football coach, has passed away. The university said the 73-year-old Moore died on Saturday at Duke University Medical Center. Moore had been in the Durham, N.C., hospital since March 13 with pulmonary problems. No further details were immediately available. The folksy, silver-haired Moore was part of 10 football national championship teams as a player, coach or administrator in a career intertwined with three of the Crimson Tide's most revered coaches -- his old bosses Bryant and Gene Stallings and Saban, who has won three of the last four national titles. He played for Bryant's 1961 national championship team, and Bill Battle -- a teammate of Moore's -- was hired to replace him two days after Moore stepped down on March 20. He was to become a special adviser to Alabama President Judy Bonner. Moore oversaw an athletic department since 1999 that ma...
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