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NCAA rules committee to review targeting rule, allowing tablets on sidelines

Football Targeting

The NCAA Football Rules Committee meets next week, and the targeting rule is at the top of the list.

In short: targeting isn't going away, and one of the possibilities would be to give instant-replay officials more power, including stopping games to enforce targeting fouls missed by the on-field officials:

The committee will discuss possible modifications to the instant replay/targeting rule and will review the experimental rule that allowed medical spotters in the press box during the 2015 season – to consider approving it permanently – during its meeting Feb. 9-11 in Orlando, Florida.

Committee members plan to talk about whether instant-replay officials should have even more flexibility when it comes to judging whether a targeting foul occurred. Additionally, the committee will consider allowing the instant-replay official to stop the game and enforce a targeting foul that was not detected by the on-field officials.In 2014, the targeting rule was altered to allow the instant-replay official to confirm or overturn a targeting call made by an on-field official. If the replay official found that the targeting penalty should not have been called, the call was overturned, the 15-yard penalty removed and the player allowed to stay in the game.

Also on the docket: review the implementation of the SEC and Big Ten's medical observer practices in relation to the targeting rule, review the rule regarding ineligible receivers downfield, discuss a player running with the football who has given himself up should be granted defenseless player status, and discuss allowing coaching staffs to use computers or tablets on the sideline.