Digest for 03-21-13


Moore resigns as Alabama athletic director

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Mal Moore on Wednesday stepped down as athletic director at Alabama, citing health reasons.

Moore, a 1963 Alabama graduate and former assistant football coach to Bear Bryant, was the AD since 1999. His highest-profile hire during his tenure was Nick Saban, whose football team has won three national titles in the last four years.

“While I have to focus on my health issue, I look forward to maintaining an ongoing working relationship with this great university as special assistant to (school president Judy) Bonner,” he said in a press release.

In another statement, Arkansas AD Jeff Long said he enjoyed getting to know and work with Moore “and appreciate the manner in which he welcomed me to the circle of SEC Athletic Directors.”

NFL abolishes tuck rule

NFL owners on Wednesday voted to abolish the “Tuck Rule” and approved a rule banning ball carriers from initiating contact with the crown of their helmets outside the tackle box, according to NFL.com.

The “Tuck Rule” allowed a fumbled ball moving forward in the hand of a quarterback to be called an incomplete pass. It was eliminated by a 29-1-2 vote.

Under the crown-of-the-helmets rule, approved 31-1, a runner or tackler will draw a 15-yard penalty if he initiates forcible contact by delivering a blow with the top of his helmet against an opponent when both players clearly are outside the tackle box.

— Commercial Press Services