TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The sunset will have to wait for Mal Moore.
Alabama’s athletic director isn’t ready to retire just yet, and the University of Alabama Board of Trustees made sure he will get paid more for his services. The compensation committee voted unanimously to approve a four-year extension for the former football coach, who has led the athletic department since 1999.
Moore, 70, will make $550,000 annually, according to the amended deal — compared to $425,000 per year in the previous agreement. And that’s all before incentives kick in.
Through a written statement released by the school Wednesday, Moore expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in the contract extension.
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“The confidence shown in me is humbling, but it is really a show of confidence in our student-athletes, our coaches and our staff,” the statement read. “Due to their fine work, we just completed one of the most successful years in our athletic history and our future is bright. There is plenty to accomplish on the conference and national levels and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead. I’m extremely excited about the direction of Alabama athletics.”
Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive offered his congratulations to Moore in a written statement also released by the university.
“I am pleased for Mal that the University has acknowledged the significant contributions he has made to the athletics program over the years by extending his contract,” Slive said in the statement. “While working tirelessly on behalf of the university, Mal is a valued colleague to all of us who have the pleasure to work with him on behalf of the conference.”
Wednesday’s news marks another milestone in Moore’s year of peaks and valleys. Just weeks after witnessing the Tide football program win national title No. 13, his wife Charlotte died after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s disease.