TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WPMI) University of Alabama athletics director Coach Mal Moore is stepping down.
The news came down Wednesday afternoon.
Moore will step down effective March 20, to become special assistant to President Judy Bonner.
"As many of you may 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," said Moore.
Moore was hospitalized with heart problems earlier this month. The 73-year-old was admitted to Brookwood Hospital in Birmingham for tests and treatment "regarding pulmonary problems."
"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 added.
Moore's successor as athletics director will be named as quickly as possible.