By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
December 4, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Former Florida State offensive lineman Josh Ball, who was suspended from the university in May by a university judicial panel, is attempting to re-enroll and rejoin the Seminoles football program, according to a report from Tashan Reed of the The Athletic, who cited multiple sources.
Sources tell me that former FSU OL Josh Ball intends to return. He was suspended from the university in May after a Title IX investigation found him responsible for dating violence. If reinstated, he could rejoin the team for spring practice. More here: https://t.co/2CmqNVJbSv— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) December 4, 2018
Josh Ball's ex-GF made a statement. “I will not be silenced or intimated by this repeat sexual and physical abuser,” she said. "For Willie Taggart to even consider bringing him back on campus is a physical threat to me and any other woman at FSU." More: https://t.co/2CmqNVJbSv— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) December 4, 2018
Ball was accused by an ex-girlfriend of committing acts of dating violence last year, in which his accuser addressed 10 instances where she claims Ball was violent with her.
The two reached an agreement in a petition for protection last November.
"Obviously, reaction from the fan base is mixed," Reed said when reached for comment. "Some are condemning it while others are open to the idea of giving Josh Ball a second chance.
"From a football standpoint, his addition makes perfect sense. He went through spring practice with the team, so he understands the Gulf Coast Offense to some degree. He has experience both at the FBS and JUCO level and has excellent size. There’s no greater need on the offense than offensive tackle, which would make Ball a likely candidate to start next year if he’s allowed to return," Reed continued.
Ball played the 2018 season with Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kansas.