Joe Kines can rest easier now. After seeing plaques pop up around several football coaches' offices recognizing gifts made in memory or honor of someone, the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach was curious if a plaque might ever adorn the wall outside his office.
Kines' wondering is now over, thanks to the Fred M. Blackmon Family Foundation's generous gift to the Crimson Tide Foundation, naming the Linebackers Coach's Office in the Foundation's honor. The Blackmon Foundation is headed up by Fred Blackmon Sr., a vice president with Merrill Lynch in Montgomery. Blackmon is a 1963 graduate of the University and a three-year letterman on the men's golf team.
The Blackmon family's love for the University is articulated best by Fred Sr.'s son, Fred M. Blackmon Jr., a coach, teacher, and administrator at the Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tenn. "My family and I are very honored to be a part of the University of Alabama," said Blackmon, the fourth of Fred Sr.'s five children. "This gift is our family's way of helping provide the next generation of athletes with the best facilities in the nation.
"We want to especially thank Coach Mal Moore for his hard work in making his vision a reality. We were flattered when he asked for our support, and we're thrilled to be a part of helping make the Alabama Athletic Department the finest in the nation."
The naming of the Linebackers Coach's Office is one of 125 naming opportunities available through gifts to the Crimson Tradition Fund, the Athletic Department's $120 million facilities improvement campaign that began in March 2002.