Saban released a statement through the university about Moore, 73, who died today at Duke University Medical Center. Moore had been hospitalized since March 13 because of a pulmonary condition.
Moore hired Saban in January 2007 to coach Alabama's football team, and Saban rewarded him with three national championships.
“Mal was truly a special person in every sense of the word," Saban said in the statement. "We can talk about all the championships Mal has been involved with, but I think what will be remembered most was the man he was. He always put the best interests of others ahead of his own, he carried himself as a first-class gentleman, and he helped bring out the best in those around him.
“Mal was an outstanding leader in terms of all he did for Alabama athletics. Most importantly, he was a great friend to me and my family. Mal was the number one reason we decided to make the move to Tuscaloosa.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his daughter Heather. There’s no question we have lost a great man today. What won’t be lost is Mal’s legacy in serving our University to make it a better place today and in the future. Nobody genuinely cared more about the Crimson Tide than Mal did. Mal has positively impacted athletics at Alabama unlike anyone ever has or probably ever will.”
University of Alabama President Judy L. Bonner spoke about how Moore was a "visionary."
“Coach Moore was a transformational figure, a true visionary and a real friend to all who worked at The University of Alabama and loved it like Mal did," Bonner said in a statement. "He was one of our best ambassadors and spent the vast majority of his life in service to his beloved Crimson Tide. Some people hope they can make a difference in life but Mal showed us all how to do it. Mal was a special friend to many and our collective thoughts and prayers are with his family, whom he loved with all of his heart.”
Robert E. Witt, the chancellor of the University of Alabama system, released a statement, too.
“Mal Moore was a champion by every measure and his impact on his alma mater and his native state will be felt for many years to come," Witt said. "We greatly respect his constant commitment to excellence, his unwavering professional and personal integrity, and his lifetime of exemplary service. Sandee and I mourn the passing of our dear friend and we extend our deepest sympathies to Heather and their family.”
Senior associate athletics director Ronny Robertson played at Alabama during 1970-74 when Moore was an assistant coach. He joined the Crimson Tide's athletics department as an administrator in 2005.
"Mal was a true Southern gentleman in every way," Robertson said in a statement. "He did things the right way. He was always considerate of others and their feelings in any decision that he made. He was not only my boss, he was a great friend. I spent many happy times with him. I can say unequivocally that he loved The University of Alabama more than any person I have ever met. Not just the athletic teams but the University as a whole."