Birmingham Bowl: Don’t let the headline deceive you. Reggis Ball, the Stephenson High School cornerback, was kicked out of the University of Memphis Football Team for his actions after Wednesday’s Birmingham Bowl.
After Memphis Tigers suffered a 31-10 defeat to Auburn Tigers, Ball ran away with the game ball after taunting and flipping off Auburn fans as he ran into the locker room.
Ball’s Birmingham Bowl antics didn’t go well with the Memphis Athletic Department. Through a statement, Memphis announced that Ball was expelled from the team.
“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, the Director of Athletics at University of Memphis. “This player’s (Reggis Ball) actions are totally unacceptable. He has been immediately removed from the team and we will continue to move swiftly in addressing what occurred.”
Mike Norvell, head coach of Memphis Tigers, said Ball embarrassed the team during the Birmingham Bowl. “We’re embarrassed about the actions that occurred after the game and that is definitely not the standards or expectations the Memphis football program stands for. Even though Mr. Ball’s football career has ended, he will no longer be a part of the Memphis program because of these actions.”
The Birmingham Bowl was dominated by Jeremy Johnson, the Auburn Tigers quarterback who came off the bench and contained his Memphis counterpart Paxton Lynch, leading his team to a monumental 31-10 victory.