The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel hath spoken, people. Among other things, it’s announced it has:
- moved to allow the instant replay official to stop the game and create a targeting foul in situations where an egregious action occurred and was missed by on-field officials.
- approved the use of electronic devices for coaching purposes in the press box and locker room during the game. However, that equipment will still be prohibited on the sidelines, in the team areas and on the field. Additionally, the home institution is responsible for ensuring identical television capability and identical video and Internet connectivity in the coaches’ booths of both teams.
- directed that the Football Rules Committee will instruct officials to stringently enforce the 3-yard limit regarding ineligible receivers downfield and adjust officiating mechanics to better officiate plays.
I’ll believe that last one when I see it.
The targeting change will probably make the on-field officials even more skittish about those calls.
As far as electronic devices, that opens up a whole new frontier for Nick Saban to challenge.