TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama has hired Bill Battle as athletic director.
University trustees unanimously approved Mal Moore's hand-picked successor and former Crimson Tide football teammate on Friday. He is to be introduced at a news conference later in the day.
Alabama President Judy Bonner says the 71-year-old Battle will make $620,000 annually over four years.
Battle played with Moore on Bear Bryant's 1961 national championship team. He spent seven years as Tennessee's head coach in the 1970s.
Battle founded Collegiate Licensing Company in 1981 and spent 21 years as president and CEO.
Moore resigned on Wednesday as athletic director because of health problems.
Trustee Finis St. John says Alabama is "incredibly fortunate to have someone available and willing to take this job with the integrity and experience coach Battle brings."
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.