The latest rules proposal related to targeting, in which players that get a second targeting penalty during the course of the season receive a suspension, is unlikely to pass, according to a piece recently shared by CBS Sports.
The NCAA Football Rules Committee proposed the tweak earlier this month, calling it a “progressive penalty,” and will officially be considered in April by the Oversight Panel.
Chair of the Oversight Committee and West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons notes that the other proposals are likely to pass, but the progressive penalty for targeting “probably needs a bit more discussion.”
All you have to do to see how controversial the targeting penalty has become is to hop on social media after a big hit that could be considered targeting. The difference in opinion varies greatly, and that seems to be the sticking point.
Lyons shared that they had video of targeting calls and no calls on video for the committee to review. They took a look at ten incidences in total. The consensus?
“Out of 10 slides, it was probably three of the 10 we were 100 percent consensus. The other seven, you’re waffling one way or another.”
While few would argue with the progressive nature of the penalty if the issue were black and white, that’s certainly not the case and some more discussion on the matter has to be considered a good thing. Otherwise, the penalty for a bad, or at the very least a questionable call, could mean a player is penalized a whole other game while we all continue to try and sort out exactly what targeting is, and what it is not.
Head over to CBS Sports to read Dennis Dodd’s full piece, including the other rule changes being proposed.