The Big Ten has admitted it made a mistake.
During the Penn State at Michigan game last Saturday, Nittany Lions LB Brandon Smith was ejected for targeting while colliding with Michigan WR Grant Perry as both players tried to get to the ball. The ejection rule received harsh criticism.
Now the Big Ten has officially weighed in on the ejection. The league issued a statement on Wednesday, saying while it doesn’t find fault with the thrown flag, the targeting call should have been reversed.
The statement said Smith “was making a legitimate attempt to get to the ball and, upon full review, the call of Targeting should have been reversed by the Replay Official.”
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 28, 2016
Here’s the statement:
The Big Ten releases a statement regarding targeting call on Penn State's Brandon Smith vs. Michigan pic.twitter.com/jL9wdw5Yhw
— Rachel Lenzi (@RLenziCMG) September 28, 2016