One of the more ridiculous rules in college football will be making its way out of the game, thankfully, as ESPN’s Brett McMurphy is reporting that defensive players will no longer be penalized 15 yards if the ambiguous targeting penalty happens to be overturned following a review.
Rule passes: teams won’t be penalized 15 yards when officials overturn targeting penalty sources told ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) March 6, 2014
This has to be one of the smartest rulings that the college football rules committee has ever made, as the rule itself made zero sense whatsoever. Countless times during the 2013 season, a potential targeting penalty would be overturned, yet the team in question would still be penalized, even though it was found they committed no infraction. They were basically being punished for almost breaking a rule, but not going that far.
This still doesn’t clear up the issue that fans–and experts alike, for that matter–still don’t fully know what constitutes “targeting,” but getting rid of this absurd ruling for not committing the act is a good step in the right direction.
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