“It’s good for the future now, but you can’t overturn what happened.”

If “a day late and a dollar short” is a way of making peace, then Georgia’s defense has made peace with the NCAA’s revision to the targeting rule.

“When they made that correction, I was like this was a couple of months too late,” outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. “The fact they didn’t think of that when they first put the rule out, I feel like that’s their apology and that’s a weak apology to us with that rule.”

They did think of it, Jordan.  They just thought the officials’ fee fees were more important than fair treatment on the field was.  As far as a weak apology goes, better late than never.

My only caveat would be to wait and see how the officials react to the change.  I suspect we’re about to see a lot more plays with multiple penalties called.

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9 responses to ““It’s good for the future now, but you can’t overturn what happened.”

  1. I warned about this as soon as the rule became clear last summer, but to no avail, a ‘voice crying in the wilderness’. The CF community has been, and is still, very kind when talking about this rule.

    I called it “insane” then, and predicted it might cost Georgia a game. Not that I’m a sage or anything, it was an easy prediction, just based on the logic that if an SEC team got screwed out of a game it would certainly be Georgia.

    I’ll say it again. How this rule, with the automatic 15-yard penalty, ever got on the table for serious discussion, is a question we deserve an answer to. Because there are/were some people with twisted judgment somewhere in the process.
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    • It got on the table because the NCAA was in a panic over concussion lawsuits, because the NCAA insisted that refs take a benefit of the doubt approach to throwing the flag and the refs believed they needed this sort of regime to encourage them to take that approach.

      All of which is why I expect a rash of double penalties to be called this season. A flag by any other name…

      • You’re probably right. Hard hits will now be personal fouls. But something’s bad wrong with the process, don’t you agree?
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        • If you’re worried about being sued, but you don’t want to spend any real money to do something about it, this is the kind of result you get.

          • I guess that makes sense. But I don’t agree with it. As I’ve said before, we ‘re obviously missing good leadership. I miss those days when there was never a thought about the leaders of the game, as they were men of judgment and wisdom.
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          • Scorpio Jones, III

            “If you’re worried about being sued, but you don’t want to spend any real money to do something about it, this is the kind of result you get.”

            And…this carries over to kids wanting to own themselves and other aspects of The Emmert’s approach to outside threats.

  2. uglydawg

    Aaron Murray might be suprised to learn the rule even existed.
    This is what pisses me off a whole lot.