Chris Stephens

NCAA Needs To Look At Targeting Rule Yesterday

Created on Oct. 21, 2013 8:00 PM EST

The NCAA's targeting rule has gotten out of hand this season.

I understand its intentions to help with player safety, but what we saw in the SEC on Saturday was abysmal. And it's been like that all year.

There were four targeting penalties called Saturday in the SEC, with Georgia receiving two of them, including this one which got defensive end Ray Drew ejected from the game. While I'll admit it was a personal foul, penalty for roughing the passer, there's no reason Drew should have been ejected from the game. 

Then there's the targeting penalties called on Georgia's Ramik Wilson (reversed by replay), Florida's Cody Riggs (on the first play of the game no less) and South Carolina's Kadetrix Marcus. Only Wilson's ejection was overturned, but the Bulldogs still had a 15-yard penalty enforced against them after Wilson jarred the ball loose on a fourth-down play. The penalty gave Vandy a first down, which they turned into seven points.

I'm not going to say the targeting rules caused each of these teams to lose, because they had multiple other chances. However, it's hard to argue that each call didn't have some type of effect on each game.

The rule is good in theory, but the NCAA needs to seriously sit down and define what is exactly a targeting rule. And, if a call is deemed to not be targeting, then the 15-yard penalty should not stand as there was no need to throw the flag.

It's football and you have to let the kids play. If it's a real dangerous hit, then absolutely they should be flagged. However, when they're making a good football play, they shouldn't be penalized for lowering the boom on an opponent. That's football and big hits are going to happen. It's time to stop trying to make football as soft as possible.

Man up NCAA. Make the changes.

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