College football head coaches are calling for a major rule change ahead of the 2019 season. It makes a lot of sense.
Several college football head coaches want the targeting rule to be changed into two different categories.
The rule change would be similar to basketball, where there are Flagrant 1 fouls and Flagrant 2 fouls.
ESPN.com had more details:
Todd Berry, the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, said Wednesday that the FBS coaches in their annual meeting unanimously supported a model that would assign Targeting 1 or Targeting 2 to a player who makes forcible contact with the crown of his helmet. Targeting 1 fouls would result in a 15-yard penalty but no ejection or suspension. Targeting 2 fouls would result in an automatic ejection and potential suspension.
The current rule states any targeting foul results in a player being automatically ejected and, if the foul occurred in the second half of a game, suspended for the first half of the next contest. Every potential targeting rule is reviewed by replay officials, and the reply booth can initiate a targeting review if it isn’t called on the field.
Berry referred to flagrant fouls in basketball, where fouls are split into Flagrant 1 and Flagrant 2, as a potential model for college football’s targeting rule.
This makes a lot of sense, as there have been some questionable ejections thanks to the targeting rule that would go away if this change happened.
The rule change would make for a Targeting 1, which would result in a 15-yard penalty but no ejection, and a Targeting 2, which would in the penalty and an ejection.
Hopefully this is something that can be put into effect before the 2019 season.