The NCAA announces changes to targeting protocol for the 2019 season

The NCAA announces changes to targeting protocol for the 2019 season

The NCAA announced some changes and adjustments to several hot-topic rules within college football.

These changes are effective immediately.

The NCAA altered the overtime rule in an effort to reduce the number of plays and shorten the game.

Additionally, referees will also be required to review replays of all targeting calls to confirm all elements of targeting were present. If any element of targeting can not be confirmed, the replay official will overturn the targeting foul. If any aspect of targeting can't be confirmed, the call will be overturned by the replay official.

In addition to the overtime tweak, the panel approved two changes to the controversial targeting rules. Players who commit three targeting fouls in the same season can be suspended for one game.

These changes come in the wake of last year's Texas A&M-LSU game, which lasted seven overtimes and called into question player safety.

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That being said, the panel is cracking down harder on repeat offenders - probably because, theoretically, it'll be harder to eject a player for targeting. Otherwise, the targeting call will be overturned. However, it's not supposed to a punishment for a bang-bang play, resulting in an ejection because someone looking at replay can't say for sure it isn't targeting.

Games with seven overtimes are now unlikely to happen. Should a game reach a fifth overtime, the plays will change so that both teams will run alternating two-point plays instead of starting at the opposing team's 25-yard line.

Also, a two-minute rest period will be added after the second and fourth ovetimes.

The NCAA already requires teams to attempt a 2-point conversion (instead of an extra point) starting in the third overtime.

Two other rule changes passed on Monday. Delivering a blind-side block "by attacking an opponent with forcible contact" will result in a 15-yard penalty and may be subject to targeting. If the block also includes the elements of targeting, it will be a blind-side block with targeting.

The NCAA also approved the elimination of the two-man wedge formation on all kickoffs.

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