April 19, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada running back Mike Ball has been kicked off the team.
Coach Chris Ault said in a statement Tuesday the Wolf Pack's leading rusher violated team rules and protocol so there was no choice but to dismiss him from the team. Ault declined to provide any details.
Ball had rushed for 704 yards and three touchdowns while starting five of nine games this season. The junior from Las Vegas is Nevada's all-team leader in kick returns with 1,695 yards on 70 returns.
Ball ran for a career-best five touchdowns in Nevada's 63-28 win over rival UNLV as a freshman in 2009.
His best this year was 198 yards against Fresno State. Last week against Louisiana Tech, he didn't carry the ball and caught one pass for a 5-yard loss.