It is a sad time for me and a lot of people in the state of Alabama with Mal Moore passing away.
His life has been pretty well documented as far as his coaching and his time as an administrator at the University of Alabama, but when I think about Mal I think about the dry sense of humor he had, the love of a good joke and his love of people.
Mal Moore was the kind of guy who if you didn’t like him you needed to go look in the mirror and figure out what your problem was.
Of all of his accomplishments as a coach and an administrator, to me the greatest thing about Mal was the love and care he gave to his wife Charlotte for more than 20 years she had Alzheimers. I told him one time there is a special place in heaven for what you are doing taking care of her for all of these years.
He has an impressive record of success as a player, coach and administrator. A lot of people probably wonder why he didn’t become a head football coach. I know he had opportunities to do that, but he chose to stay at Alabama and was loyal to the people he worked for, even though he may have been hurt that he didn’t get the head coaching job when Paul Bryant stepped down. I don’t think that is something he dwelled on, however, and he put all of his energies into whatever job he did and he did it well.
As an administrator he was strong enough to handle the tough times and left his athletic department in good shape. Someone asked me how his successor, Bill Battle, will do and my response was that Mal made his job easy because he left the program in good shape with things running smoothly.
I never had a time when I contacted Mal that he didn’t fail to get right back to me. Our relationship goes back to when we were young assistant coaches at Alabama in our early 20s who were friends and neighbors. Both of us were as green as gourds and both us were raised in the country. He was from Dozier, Ala., and I am from Blythe, Ga., which is even a smaller place than Docier.
We had a lot of good times together when I was on the staff on Alabama whether it was working, bird hunting, socializing or whatever. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dozier family. He was just a great guy who will be missed.
(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)
Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming. Dye writes three columns for AUTigers.com--The Dye-Log, the Dye-Gest and Pat’s Picks.
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