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New Rules: Possible Ejections And Eight Officials

change-aheadExpect some changes to college football this fall. The NCAA Football Rules Committee has unanimously approved a proposal that would eject players who target and hit defenseless players above the shoulders.  The measure now goes to the Playing Rules Oversight Panel next month.  If approved, the rule will go into effect for the 2013 season.

Meanwhile, the Big 12 conference has approved a one-year trial to have an extra official on the field. Big 12 officiating coordinator Walt Anderson explained to AL.com’s Jon Solomon why the conference was going to experiment with eight, instead of seven officials.

“With offenses throwing more and going to the spread, the coverages that were for decades defined by seven officials are really appearing to be inadequate just to keep pace with the game.”

The Big 12 will be the only conference with eight officials this fall.  The ACC will experiment with eight officials in spring practices.

The Big 12 will compile video this fall and produce a report for the NCAA rules committee to discuss next winter.

 


5 comments
djbillyd
djbillyd

I hate that rule! "Targeting" is subjective. If an offensive player goes low to try to get under a hit, and the contact is made prior to him getting where he's trying to get, a player is going to be unfairly ejected from a game. Defenses are being hampered from playing the game aggressively because too many "fans" don't understand the nuances of the game.

 

Protect the players, but don't take the aggression from the game.

RoadTrip
RoadTrip

It's getting out of hand, kind of like the government with over regulation. Play the game. If a guy goes high intentionally, call it, but don't eject him. If it is normal course of a play and the offensive guy ducks or does nothing to keep from getting hit high let the play stand.

TigerinMO
TigerinMO

You could put 12 Big 12 officials on the field, and they still wouldn't get it right.

 

viciousdawg
viciousdawg

They need to change the rule to where if the Offensive player ducks their head to make contact THEY get ejected. Why have a Defense if they are going to keep on with stupid rules?

Catfish
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"Targeting and hitting defenseless players above the shoulders" is called way more than it should be. It seems like the rules committee has never played football. Sometimes it's just dumb luck that you hit a player helmet to helmet, and there's nothing you can do about it. And sometimes it's the receiver's fault.

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