College Football Coaches Are Calling For A Major Rule Change
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers attempts a pass during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)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.