I wouldn’t say it’s a cause for celebration, but I assume the NCAA has greeted this news with a sigh of relief.
The NCAA says the number of enforced targeting penalties in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season was the same as in 2017, ending four straight years of increased calls.
NCAA national coordinator of officials Rogers Redding reported 179 enforced calls in 817 games compared with 179 in 816 games last season.
Presumably, that means there won’t be much, if any, tinkering with the rules or enforcement protocol this offseason. Although, curiously, the SEC saw the number of such calls climb precipitously, from 27 in 2017 to 39 this season. I’m sure Steve Shaw will get right on that any minute now.