One of the most interesting storylines of the upcoming 2013 college football season is the new rule that allows officials to eject players for “targeting.” The rule has received both support and criticism this off-season, but two football figures clearly displeased with the change to the game are UCLA Bruins head coach Jim Mora and All-American linebacker Anthony Barr.
The two addressed the issue after a UCLA practice. Here’s Mora’s take:
The ramifications are so drastic. You’re talking about kicking a kid out of a game. The way that could affect his team and the way that it could affect his career, I don’t like it at all. In my opinion, and I’ve been coaching for 29 years, it’s the worst rule I’ve ever heard of. And I’m not overstating that (Inside UCLA).
While not as outright dismissive of the rule as Mora, Barr said he won’t allow the the threat of an ejection to change the way he plays:
I’m going to play within the rules that I’ve always played and play like I’ve always played, full speed and attacking. If I get penalized because of it, then so be it, but I’m going to play the way I play football.
[Source: Inside UCLA]