Maybe Memphis safety Reggis Ball is just a sore loser, but in any event his actions after the Tigers’ 31-10 loss to Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl on Wednesday led to his dismissal from the Memphis program.
Reggis Ball dismissed from Memphis football team after taking football from Auburn manager at Birmingham Bowl
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 30, 2015
In the video (which you can see below), Ball—who is the younger brother of former Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball—appears to lay out an Auburn ball boy, push him down, take the game ball and run off while taunting Auburn fans. It was an extreme act of immaturity and now Ball will have to pay the ultimate price.
While he is a senior and this was his last game, Ball will not be able to participate in Memphis’ all-important pro day. To make matters worse, Ball had a good game with two interceptions, with one going for a touchdown.
Memphis issued a statement condemning the actions of Ball: (h/t 11Alive.com)
“I want to personally apologize to Jay Jacobs, Gus Malzahn, the Auburn Football team, its fans and the Birmingham Bowl for the highly-inappropriate actions of one of my student-athletes regarding a game ball at the end of Wednesday’s game,” said Tom Bowen, Director of Athletics at the University of Memphis. This player’s actions are totally unacceptable. He has been immediately removed from the team and we will continue to move swiftly in addressing what occurred.
“I consulted with University of Memphis President M. David Rudd and have spoken to both incoming head coach Mike Norvell and interim head coach Darrell Dickey and they completely support my decision,” Bowen said.
Ball, a 5’11, 210-pound defensive back from Stone Mountain, Georgia, finishes his season with 52 tackles, five interceptions and four pass defections.