NCAA Adjusts Targeting Rule, Nixes 10-Second Proposal
Starting next year, teams called for targeting penalties that, after video review, are determined not to be penalties, won't be penalized 15-yards.By Matt Moreno | March 6, 2014
A few changes are coming to college football. Among them: not getting a 15-yard penalty when that penalty turns out not to be penalty. Makes sense, right?
Targeting fouls were much debated last year. The rule states that when a defensive player "targets" and hits the head of an offensive player, that defensive player will be ejected and the team receives a 15-yard-penalty. Officials then review the hit to confirm the defensive player aimed at the head. (Via Flickr / SD Dirk, John Martinez Pavliga)
And that's where the rule got a bad rap.