MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Sometimes it seems that the people who make the headlinessurrounding college athletics are the ones setting the wrong examples… afew spoiled athletes, coaches gone astray, fans behaving badly.
I didn't know much about UA Athletic Director Mal Moore,until he died this week. Here are a few of the comments made abouthim by those who did know him well.
"… an outstanding leader,fierce competitor and most important, an outstanding human being."
"…his amazing heart, hisgenerous spirit and his unwavering integrity."
"He left a legacy that islikely unmatched. And to do it in the way that he did – with humility, patienceand grace – is something that is rare."
"He always put the bestinterests of others ahead of his own… and he helped bring out the best in thosearound him."
"Mal has positively impactedathletics at Alabama unlike anyone ever has or probably everwill."
Great people working behind the scenes don't often make theheadlines, but they should. Moore played a role in 10 nationalchampionships, 16 SEC championships and 39 bowl trips. There's aheadline.
We should more often find ways to hold up men like CoachMoore as examples for all of us, especially for young people who are influencedstrongly by the headlines of college athletics.