TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WHNT) – According to new athletics director Bill Battle, who was introduced Friday as Alabama’s new athletics director, former UA athletics director Mal Moore is in need of a lung transplant, according to our news partner al.com.
Battle divulged the news Tuesday morning in a radio interview on The Opening Drive on Birmingham’s WJOX (94.5 FM).
“He has a lung condition and is in need of a lung transplant,” Battle said of Moore, who has been hospitalized in Durham, N.C., since March 13.
“As I understand it… he’s got to build his body up to be stronger than what it was at least a week ago to be able to handle the stress that comes with a transplant,” Battle said Tuesday. “So they told him they’re going to work him harder than he’s ever worked to get to that point.
“But getting the lung is not the end of the deal. He’s got to work harder than he’s ever worked to get back to leading a normal or relatively normal life.”
“Doctors are meeting to evaluate how much progress he’s made,” Battle said. “But Mal’s a tough guy. When I was there, he was telling me what to do. He was telling Paul Jr. what to do, and he was telling everybody else, when he got tired of everybody, he said, ‘You all need to leave. I’ve got work to do.’
“He’s got a tough and resilient spirit, and I’m confident that Mal can fight and win this thing.”
On Mar 20, Mal Moore stepped down as University of Alabama Athletics Director, becoming special assistant to President Judy Bonner.
Bill Battle was named as Moore’s successor two days later.