Bill Battle officially named Alabama AD

Alabama made things official on Friday by announcing that Bill Battle will be the new athletic director.

Battle takes over for Mal Moore, who resigned because of health reasons this week after being a part of the university since the late 1950s.

University trustees unanimously approved Moore's hand-picked successor. Battle and Moore played together at Alabama on Bear Bryant's 1961 national championship team. He also coached at Tennessee in the 1970s.

Fellow SEC blogger Chris Low wrote on Thursday that hiring Battle offers the best of both worlds for Alabama. Click here to take a gander at what Chris wrote yesterday.