During his weekly press conference yesterday, Brian Kelly weighed in on the controversial hit against Pitt that resulted in an ejection for defensive end Stephon Tuitt. Here's a quick look at that hit before I get to Kelly's interesting comments.
As Kelly sees it, the targeting rule needs to be looked at in greater detail after the season so that it doesn't end up penalizing 320 pound players like Stephon Tuitt who are showing great effort to make a play. After seeing the play above, I think that we can all agree that isn't the type of situation that the rules committee had in mind when they decided to enforce the rule this season.
"Clearly when a 320 pound player is running from the hash to the numbers, at full speed trying to make a play, and he gets thrown out of the game...I just don't think that's what the rule was intended for." Kelly explained.
"So clearly we're going to have to look at the rule in greater detail after the season, because we don't want to take that out of the game, we don't want to take that effort out of the game. We don't want to take guys selling out, trying to make plays out of the game."
Then Kelly shared some interesting insight on how the rule is being interpreted across the country. As an independent, Notre Dame's 2013 opponents represent six different conferences, and based on that experience and watching college football from around the country, Kelly feels like the targeting rule is officiated differently in every conference.
"When you watch college football, one of the bigger problems that we have is that it (targeting) is being interpreted differently, and one of the things that we have tried to so hard top rectify in officiating is to be more universal in our interpretations. Now we've got one that is looked at differently by conference."
"We have a problem. We all recognize that. It's a real shame that a young man misses a game, and we all recognize that it has to be dealt with, but we just can't deal with it until the end of the year."
Hear more from Kelly, including his vision to fix the issue, below.