Florida State could be without one of its anchors on the offensive line for a long time.
Offensive lineman Josh Ball, who was a starter at left tackle for the final nine games of his redshirt freshman campaign, is being suspended by Florida State due to a ruling issued from the university judicial panel according to Warchant.com.
The ruling pertains to date violence allegations cast against Ball by ex-girlfriend Sandra Sellers and others.
As of Tuesday morning, there’s no further information as to the length of the suspension or if Ball can appeal the university’s decision.
Sellers, who dated Ball for a year and a half, pressed the charges last fall in Leon County with paperwork pursuing “protection against dating violence.”
The Warchant article states Sellers alleges that Ball “physically attacked her on numerous occasions. She said Ball slapped her in the face in December 2016, shoved her to the floor in March 2017, and repeatedly shoved and grabbed her in an April 2017 incident that ultimately left her with a cut and blood on her knee.”
Additionally, Sellers claims she observed other occurrences where Ball was violent with others and a threat to himself.
Sellers also accused Ball of harassment.
Neither the Tallahassee Police or the state attorney’s office charged Ball after Sellers’ complaint, but the university suspension is likely due to the case.
On Monday, Sellers posted a screen shot celebrating Florida State’s ruling.
“This long journey has finally come to an end! After two long days of testifying and two agonizing weeks of waiting for this letter, it’s finally here,” Sellers said. “Thank you FSU for making campus a better place,” concluding she’s looking forward to “being able to enjoy football season, and not seeing him on the field!”
The offensive line was already an area Florida State was lacking in depth. With Ball out for a TBD amount of time, Willie Taggart will have to find someone else to pick up the slack.
Warchant.com lists redshirt sophomore Jauan Williams, redshirt sophomore Mike Arnold and redshirt senior Derrick Kelly as the most viable options to replace Ball at tackle.