Former Florida State offensive tackle Josh Ball was suspended by the university and transferred to Butler Community College in May.
Ball was suspended after a judiciary committee at FSU found him responsible for dating violence against his former girlfriend.
The former girlfriend also filed for court protection from Ball.
Ball agreed to stay at least 500 feet from her Tallahassee residence, her parents’ residence, her Tallahassee church, her job, and Tallahassee Community College, as well as 100 feet from FSU’s College of Nursing and “the Strip,” which is a popular bar area along Tennessee Street, in November to avoid a final hearing in November 2017.
But there’s a chance Ball could once again suit up for the Seminoles.
Ball and the FSU football program have had a mutual interest in him returning to play football for the Seminoles in 2019.
The details of his suspension are not known because of student privacy laws, which left the University unable to comment on them at the time of his suspension.
What is known is that he would be on “disciplinary probation” from spring semester 2019 through spring semester 2020 if he were to return to FSU.
The victim of Ball’s dating violence is not happy that Ball could be returning to play at FSU.
She released a statement on her Facebook page that asked reporters not to name her, but came out strongly against the possibility of his return.
“I would like to ask that all reporters to stop contacting me,” the statement reads. “I would also appreciate if you didn’t use my name in any story. I am trying to put this behind me. But I will not be silenced or intimidated by this repeat sexual and physical abuser. His reprehensible behavior is public record. For Willie Taggart to even consider bringing him back on campus is a physical threat to me and any other woman at FSU. He’s been given multiple chances and was enabled by the previous coaching staff who even conspired to cover up his behavior and blame me. Trust me when I say FSU does not want to reopen this wound.”
“I am a huge FSU football fan and always have been. I want the best for the team. I know Willie Taggart has a daughter and I also know all too well he would not want this animal around her. He can recruit better players and much better human beings. I will have no further comment.”
Ball was expected to start at either left tackle or right tackle for the Seminoles in 2018.
In his absence, FSU’s offensive line was one of the worst in the country and the Seminoles are looking to fix the issues by bringing in the best offensive lineman available.
That includes Ball, but it’s not the football program’s decision on whether to bring him in or not.
In order for him to be reinstated he would have to reapply for admission, according to the FSU Code of Conduct.
“Sanctions that may involve separation from campus may require readmission to the University, depending on the length of the separation from the institution. Therefore, readmission is not guaranteed after a period of separation is complete. The responding party is responsible for communicating with the Office of Admissions to identify appropriate steps for possible re-entry, after all student conduct restrictions are satisfied.”