Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron used to wander over to athletic director Mal Moore's corner office every couple of weeks for a chat, one Crimson Tide quarterback to another.
So it hit McCarron especially hard when he got the news Saturday that Moore had passed away after a battle with pulmonary problems.
''He was such a legend here and I always liked being around his presence,'' McCarron said Monday evening. ''It's kind of like being around coach (Nick) Saban. You can learn so much just carrying a normal conversation with him. And how he used to carry himself in public. He was a first-class man, did everything the right way.
''I love him to death and it's sad to see him go.''
The university said Monday it will hold a public memorial service for Moore Thursday in Coleman Coliseum.
Moore's health problems had forced him to step down on March 20, and he passed away at Duke University Medical Center at age 73. The former Tide quarterback had been athletic director since 1999 after ...