The Ray-Ray Armstrong saga has gone the way of Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., an NAIA school whose football team plays the likes of Bluefield College, Point University, University of the Cumberlands and Kentucky Christian.
Armstrong's dad, Albert, told me he is extremely happy and already is there.
"He's already in Alabama. He's very excited,'' Albert said. "I was surprised to see him as excited as he is. He's looking forward to playing football again. He sounds like a young kid ready to go.''
Armstrong, a senior safety, will wear No. 8 for his new program, which describes itself on its website as "a private Christian university'' that is affiliiated with the Church of Christ and was founded in 1942 as Montgomery Bible School.
Oh, and as far as any legal action Ray-Ray was threatening against UM -- forget it.
I got this statement from his lawyer, Matt Morgan, of Orlando:
"My co-counsel, Andrew Parker Felix and I believe that the University of Miami acted improperly in dismissing Ray-Ray from their football program and significantly infringed upon Mr. Armstrong's due process rights. However, despite the existence of several potential merit based claims against the University of Miami, Ray-Ray has decided to continue his education and college football career with another program that has welcomed him like family.
The fundamental inequities present in the instant matter are troubling for college sports and an individual's constitutional rights. However, we respect the decision that Ray-Ray has made and wish him continued success."
Said Albert Armstrong: "He's looking forward to taking his next step forward.''
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN