After Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby was ejected from the Buckeyes’ game against Iowa on Saturday due to the new rule regulating targeting, head coach Urban Meyer took some time to address the call on Monday. While Meyer made it clear that he thinks emphasizing player safety is important, he did say that the ejection had a big impact on the game:
I think that the NCAA and everybody is going to want to look at that rule. Ohio State is very concerned about player safety. We have gone to the Nth degree with adjusting practice. Any rule for the safety of players, no question we support it.
However, that was a game-changer. To take one of your better players out of the game, that impacted that game. … We teach and work hard at it that you play the game with the shoulder pads and play below the head. I agree 100 percent. But to have a guy ejected who played like that, obviously I’m concerned (ESPN).
The enforcement of the targeting rule has resulted in some questionable penalties this season, but there has yet to be a game with an outcome entirely swung by an ejection. If and when that happens, expect the debate to become frenzied.