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June 1, 2012

Q&A: Mal Moore

University of Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore took a few moments Friday afternoon to answer questions on an array of topics, including conference scheduling, college football playoffs and the stellar year for the Crimson Tide athletic department.

Q: What are your thoughts on the success of your teams for the 2011-2012 year that include three national championships, while on the verge on two others?
A: Just very proud of our coaches and athletes that participate. Grateful to the University for having such a great university to attract these athletes. We are having a super year for Alabama, and we're very proud.

Q: You have to take a measure of pride because aside from Coach (Sarah) Patterson, you hired all of these coaches. Your thoughts on that?
A: That's the most important thing I do is hire coaches. That's true for any AD. But still, I think we have a great atmosphere for those coaches and for the athletes there, where the best comes out of them. So we're seeing great results. Part of that is the facilities and the atmosphere on the campus. It helps them attract these athletes.

Q: You're not a boastful person, but do you take a lot of pride and validation that you made the right hires?
A: I do. I pull hard for every coach. We try our very best to support them and every athlete. I think the most important thing that we have done is the academic center that supports every athlete, every coach that's trying to build these teams and get the athletes in here.

Q: The golf teams specifically, you were here when they were out at the old golf course out by the arboretum. And now they have a state-of-the-art facility. Is that what you're talking about when you mention the facilities in relation to success?
A: That's right. They have a great venue to recruit athletes to, in addition to the University. Ol' Colony Golf Course is an outstanding course.
Of course we use Indian Hills and (NorthRiver) Yacht Club. But the practice facility there, we can bring a golfer in from anywhere in the country and he's impressed with that. He feels comfortable with it. We're not going to get them all, but it gives us a chance to get our share.

Q: Given the events of this week and all of the talk surrounding it, what is your stance on a college football playoff?
A: We support the four, 1-2-3-4, playoff. I think it will be good for college football.

Q: The Big 10 seems to be digging its heels in a little bit, saying you need to be a conference champion to get into the playoff. The SEC says the fans want the best four teams, period. What is your opinion?
A: I think that's what we're pushing is the top four teams. Why wouldn't it be that if you're playing for the national championship?

Q: Today the 6-1-1 SEC scheduling model passed. Were you anxious that some rivalries important to the University of Alabama and the SEC were in jeopardy?
A: Well, that was something that I did push for early on. We also discussed the 6-2 model. There are pros and cons for both. We all felt that the way things have changed here recently and will change in the years to come here shortly, all this will be reconsidered as we go down the road here.

Q: You think this issue will be revisited? How long before it's revisited?
A: I don't know. I just say it's a possibility as the environment changes.

Q: Earlier you mentioned facilities in relation to success. Specific to baseball, I know some of your senior staff visited other baseball stadiums within the conference. Where do you currently stand in regards to a new baseball stadium on campus?
A: Well, we have renderings and we're looking at different options at how to do it and what to do. But we are moving forward and strongly considering those options. So that is on the horizon and coming.

Q: What options are you considering? Is it a remodel or a brand new stadium?
A: We've considered both. So we're still in that think-it-through phase.

Q: Is there a timetable on it?
A: We do have it in our five-year plan. We presented it to the board a year or so ago, so we're coming.

Q: You've been around this University a long time. Is this as bright a current state and future for the sports programs as there has been?
A: I think we're well positioned. We've got the greatest fans in the country that are supporting our teams and supporting the University in general. It's one of the most exciting times that I recall at Alabama.

Q: So having said that, you plan to stay on the job another 10 years?
A: (laughing)… I hope to help for the next few years. So we'll see.
Reach Aaron Suttles at Aaron@TideSports.com or at 205-722-0229. Follow him on Twitter athttp://Twitter.com/AaronSuttles


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