Urban Meyer: Targeting Rules Needs Review

Ohio_State_Urban_Meyer_2013Urban Meyer remains a proponent of making football safer, but the Ohio State coach doesn’t appear to be a supporter of the stiff penalty tied to breaking a new rule aiming to do just that.

After having his first player ejected because of a targeting violation, Meyer took exception to both the interpretation of the rule that led to the disqualification of cornerback Bradley Roby and the heavy loss that accompanies the flag after reviewing the hit and consulting with officials over the weekend.

Like all plays involving a targeting call, Roby’s hit in the first quarter of a 34-24 win over Iowa on Saturday was reviewed in the booth on replay, with a chance for the ejection to be overturned. But officials upheld the on-the-field verdict, and the No. 4 Buckeyes played the rest of the game without one of their most important contributors.

Source: Austin Ward, ESPN.com