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Moore steps down as Alabama athletics director

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -

University of Alabama athletics director Mal Moore has stepped down from the position, according to a release from the university.

The move was announced and became effect on March 20, and Moore will now serve as a special assistant to university president Judy Bonner.

"As many of you know, due to factors related to my health, I am at a point that I can no longer fulfill my duties as athletics director in the true championship manner the position requires," Moore said in a statement.

"While I have to focus on my health issue, I look forward to maintaining an ongoing working relationship with this great University as special assistant to Dr. Bonner. I know I can count on each of you to continue your unequaled support for me and The University of Alabama.

"I cannot adequately express what the University means to me. It has been a part of my life for more than 50 years, and I feel honored to have served the Crimson Tide as a player, coach and administrator. I am so appreciative of the University administration, coaches, staff, student-athletes and fans who have made my tenure as director so very meaningful, memorable and special."

Moore graduated from Alabama in 1963 after spending four years playing under Paul "Bear" Bryant for the Crimson Tide football team.

He has served as athletics director since 1999.

The school says the next athletics director will be named "as quickly as possible."

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