No more walk of shame

Players ejected for targeting get to stay with their teammates on the sidelines now.

The status of the 2020 college football season remains a mystery, but there will be new rules if and when it gets going. The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel announced several minor rule changes on Tuesday, including new rules on targeting ejections and instant replay. The rules were first approved by the rules committee in late February.

Players who are flagged for targeting will be allowed to stay on the sideline with the rest of their teammates. They were forced to leave the field under the previous rule, which went into effect in 2013. That rule resulted in games being slowed down which gave fans the chance to voice their displeasure.  [Emphasis added.]


One other rule change on that front:

The panel approved a rule that officials’ jurisdiction of a game begins 90 minutes before kickoff, instead of the current 60. There had been concerns about dust-ups between opponents before officials were required to be on the field.

That’s gonna put a damper on pregame festivities in Jacksonville.  Still, what happens after the game stays after the game.



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5 responses to “No more walk of shame

  1. psyopdawg

    “Officials will get two minutes to review a play. If a review takes longer than that, the call will stand.” I’m not sure how this one is gonna go but I guess when no one on the field or in the booth can decide whether a catch is a catch, we can move on faster.

    “A call to teams and players to stop faking injuries” And will somebody please explain what a “Call” is?


  2. J-Dawg

    Not sure about leaving players called for targeting on the sidelines. Some teams might try to do a jersey switch and pull a fast one. Not saying it will happen but it might.


    • Tony Barnhart

      When #3 was suspended for jersey gate, i was hoping #5, Rod Burley, would make his debut.


    • Comin' Down The Track

      Beat me to it. Yeah, that’s totally happening. The Barn will be the first to do it, not get penalized and win a National Championship as a result. Then the rules committee will convene in the following offseason to address it.