We haven’t played a game yet with the new targeting rule in college football, and we already have controversy.
ACC coordinator of officials Doug Rhoads that he would have penalized South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney for targeting on his now-famous hit in the Outback Bowl last season.
Mike Pereira, the former NFL vice president of officiating, also agreed there was a “great chance” Clowney’s hit would have resulted in an ejection in 2013 under the new targeting rules.
Are you kidding me? Where was the 6’6″ Clowney supposed to hit the 5’11” Smith on that play?
I have a terrible feeling we will be complaining about this rule a lot this year. And I agree with Steve Spurrier. There is nothing at wrong with ejecting players for targeting. It how we come to that conclusion that will produce issues.
“I dislike it only because of the judgmental power they’re giving the referees,” Spurrier said. “I know when that celebration rule came in, every time a Florida player did anything halfway with his hands up in the air, we got a penalty, and sometimes other guys would do the same thing and not get anything.
“This is going to be a judgmental penalty, too, and you’ve just got to hope and believe the referees will look at it closely before they kick out any player.”
Amen. Fans and coaches who think the zebras impact the game too much in a negative way already will be floored if they start kicking players out for what looks like clean, hard, football hits.