Proposed change to targeting rule passes

Proposed change to targeting rule passes

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

A proposed rule change would alter the way targeting is enforced
Targeting calls will be handled differently in 2014. (USATSI)

Some common sense will return to the college football field next season.'s Jeremy Fowler confirmed that the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel voted on Thursday to approve a proposal that will change the way targeting is called during a game. Last year, in the first year of the new targeting rules, when a team was called for targeting it was penalized 15 yards and the offending player was ejected. Officials could then review the play to determine whether or not the player deserved the ejection, but even if they overturned the targeting call, the 15-yard penalty remained.

That will no longer be the case. Should officials overturn a targeting call in 2014, not only will the player be allowed to remain in the game, but the 15-yard penalty will be nullified as well.

Which just makes so much sense that it's a wonder that wasn't the case from the very beginning, but hey, we'll take what we can get.

The new rule was one of two new rules proposed by the NCAA Football Rules Committee in February, though the proposal that got the most attention over the last few weeks was the "10-second" rule. That rule was not voted on, though it could find itself back on the docket next year.

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