New Hall still faces challenges



The site for the new College Football Hall of Fame has been identified.

Atlanta also has architects ready to work on plans for interactive and immersive exhibits to make the facility more than a collection of statues, photos and videos.

But before construction can begin in February as scheduled, another $15 million must be raised. In this economy, that’s a major challenge and Gary Stokan says that’s the reason he is stepping down as president and CEO of the Atlanta Hall Management.

Stokan says he needs to focus on his duties as the head of the Chick-fil-A Bowl. He says Atlanta needs an expert in corporate fundraising for the city to complete its drive to have the Hall of Fame move from South Bend, Ind. If work can begin in February, the Hall of Fame would open in September 2013.

MIAMI: Safety Ray-Ray Armstrong will not play Saturday against Florida State, and school officials are checking to see if he broke NCAA rules by having dinner with someone who owns a public relations firm that works with professional athletes.

Armstrong dined Sunday night at a Miami Beach restaurant with Arielle Washington, who owns a firm called Double Coverage PR. After dinner, Armstrong and Washington posted some details about the meal on their respective Twitter accounts.

The posts have since been deleted, but not before they raised questions about the circumstances surrounding the meal.

WITHDRAWN: The National Football Foundation is withdrawing an award that it was to present to Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley.

The NFF announced that the John L. Toner award, given to an athletic director who has shown “outstanding dedication to college athletics and particularly college football,” will not be presented at its award ceremony in December.