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College Football Hall Of Fame To Leave South Bend After 2012 Season ...

... but will it still arrive in Atlanta in 2013 or 2014? This much we know: the College Football Hall of Fame's current staff is certain the South Bend facility will close down in 2012, perhaps after the Notre Dame Fighting Irish finish playing football, the South Bend Tribune reports. From there, it's up to Atlanta's end to determine when it resurfaces in a superior sports town.

Last summer, South Bend's mayor said the Hall might be welcome to stick around in Indiana.

The concept for the Atlanta version has been expanding in size since first conceived, reaching a 75,000-square foot monster at one point. But the National Football Foundation has asked for it to be scaled back down to the original planned size of 50,000.

Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported frustration regarding delays, but the Hall wasn't originally scheduled to open in Atlanta until 2013 anyway. Other cities want in, but are not the best college football towns in the world, so that would be dumb. Atlanta's Hall people (this is what we'll call them) will need to present a new plan to the NFF in April.

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