Sep 28, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Ben Councell (30) breaks up a pass intended for Oklahoma Sooners running back Brennan Clay (24) in the fourth quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Councell was called for a targeting penalty on the play and ejected. Oklahoma won 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA proposes change to remove 15-yd targeting penalty if ejection is overturned


In 2013, the NCAA’s targeting rule in college football drummed up plenty of conversation. The flag for the 15-yard penalty was thrown at some ridiculous times which was proven by instant replay, but the flag could not be picked up even if it was clear that targeting was not the case and the player committing the foul had his ejection overturned.

Now, there could be a change.

The NCAA Football Rules Committee proposed changing the rule, so that the flag could be picked up and waived off if replay shows a player was not targeting and the player remains in the game.

“Overall, the targeting rule was successful and has had the intended impact of making play safer,” said Troy Calhoun, head coach at the Air Force Academy and chair of the committee, in a press release. “This alteration keeps the intent of the rule, but allows replay to correct all of the consequences from a rare missed call.”

The change must now be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on March 6.

Hopefully the NCAA will make the right move and alter the call, because the poor ruling has affected games negatively in the past.

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