It turns out people are concerned it’s hard to determine whether a targeting penalty is warranted.
A players receiving a second targeting penalty in a season resulting in a suspension is a rule change unlikely to pass, according to the chair of the NCAA Football Oversight Committee. West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons told CBS Sports that the nature of the targeting penalty itself makes more discussion imperative.
Such suspensions were proposed by the NCAA Football Rules Committee earlier this month. Their passage will be considered in April by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP).
“I would say all of [the rules changes] — with the exception of the dismissal — will probably be approved,” Lyons said. “That one probably needs a bit more discussion.”
For a player hit with a second targeting penalty, the rules committee proposed an immediate suspension for the remainder of that game and the next game. That proposal is one of the more contentious this year. Critics have said it is unfair to suspend a player for an act that is so difficult to define.
“They went through some video and we all had to vote whether it was targeting,” Lyons said. “Out of 10 slides, it was probably three of the 10 we were 100 percent consensus. The other seven, you’re waffling one way or another.”
Gosh, who could have known?