Mal Moore's life to be celebrated in Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - A public memorial service takes place on Thursday for former Crimson Tide Athletics Director Mal Moore at 3 p.m.. Moore passed away Saturday morning at the age of 73.

Alabama fans are expected to pack out the Coleman Coliseum this afternoon to pay tribute to Moore's memory. Moore has been associated with the University of Alabama for 55 years; many consider him a legend at the Capstone.

Moore died Saturday at Duke University Medical Center. He had been hospitalized since early March for treatment of pulmonary problems.

Moore was Alabama's "Director of Athletics" from 1999 up until last month. He was a part of ten national football championships as a player, coach and administrator. His hiring of Nick Saban in 2007 brought the university to three national football championships in the last four years.

Today, Crimson Tide fans are still grateful for numerous facility upgrades under Moore's leadership. Over $200-million has been spent upgrading Bryant Denny Stadium, not to mention the construction of new soccer, softball and tennis facilities.

Mal Moore's mark he left on his beloved university will be etched into the fabric of Alabama football for decades to come.

"He was a well respected man who did a lot of great things for the university. He flew our colors proud and God rest his soul," said Jon Vice, an Alabama alumni.

You can watch the memorial service live at 3 p.m. on or on the WAFF 48 News Mobile app.

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