College football may see a decline in both targeting penalties and ejections thanks to a proposed rule change, NCAA rules committee liaison Ty Halpin told Jon Solomon of CBS Sports.
The change would require a targeting call to be confirmed, instead of upheld, for a player to be ejected. Under the current system, if a replay doesn’t have enough evidence to confirm the call but can’t rule it wasn’t targeting, it stands and the player gets ejected.
“We still want to the official to throw the flag there,” Halpin told Solomon. “But if replay says there’s a little bit of contact on the shoulder and it’s more because the player adjusted and it wasn’t a dangerous attempt by the player delivering the contact, then maybe that player deserves to stay in the game. It’s a reasonable thing to go with.”
Targeting calls more than doubled from 2015 (72) to 2016 (144), according to CBS. Last year was the first time the replay booth could look at targeting without a call on the field — that happened 29 times, resulting in 16 ejections.