SEC to ask NCAA to reconsider targeting penalties
Southeastern Conference coordinator of officials Steve Shaw said Wednesday that the conference plans to ask the NCAA after this season to review targeting penalties assessed after a foul has been overturned by replay.
The SEC wants the NCAA Rules Committee to consider picking up flags for targeting after replay reviews overturn the calls. Current rules allow a player automatically disqualified for targeting to return to the game, but the 15-yard penalty stands.
The NCAA introduced the disqualification during the offseason as part of its emphasis on eliminating potentially dangerous hits above the shoulders of a defenseless player. The targeting rule was first introduced in 2008, but the automatic ejection was added for the 2013 season.
An example of the rule occurred Saturday when Georgia inside linebacker Ramik Wilson was penalized for targeting on a fourth-down incompletion to Jonathan Krause in the fourth quarter of Georgia’s 31-27 loss at Vanderbilt. Wilson’s automatic ejection was overturned, but the 15-yard penalty was still assessed, extending a Vanderbilt drive that resulted in a touchdown.
Three other SEC players were ejected for targeting in Week 8: Wilson’s Georgia teammate Ray Drew, South Carolina safety Kadetrix Marcus and Florida safety Cody Riggs.
“Even our commissioner has serious reservations about the penalty philosophy around targeting fouls when they’re overturned,” Shaw said on the SEC teleconference referring to Mike Slive. “He and I have talked. He’s challenged me, and together we’re going to work with the rules committee to revisit the penalty if a disqualification is overturned for targeting.”