Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 10/9/14
On Wednesday, the NCAA Football Rules Committee unanimously approved a proposed rule to eject a player deemed guilty for targeting the head of an opponent, in addition to the existing 15-year penalty already assessed on such a play.The move is part of a continuing effort to improve player safety and reduce head injuries in the sport. If approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel next month, college football fans would see the change take place as soon as the 2013 season across all NCAA divisions.Air Force head coach and chairman Troy Calhoun said the committee desired to implement more stringent measures to deter a defender in leading with the crown of his helmet to tackle a defenseless player above the shoulders."It's a real problem in the sport," he said, "and we need to eliminate it."There were 99 targeting penalties called in the Football Bowl Subdivision last season. Under the proposed rule, each would have warranted an ejection."Ultimately, our goal is zero. Is that realistic? I don't know if zero is," Calhoun said. "But I know any time you involve an ejection, we're going to see that number go down drastically immediately."The proposed rule even allows an official to use video replay to confirm the ejection portion of the penalty. The replay must show conclusive evidence that the penalized player didn't target the defenseless player intentionally in order for the call to be overturned. However, the 15-yard portion of the penalty would not be reviewable.If the penalty occurs in the first half, the player would receive an ejection for the remainder of the game. However, if the penalty occurs after halftime, the player would receive an ejection for the remainder of the game and the first half of the next game.The committee also proposed a variety of other rules including tweaks to the blocking-below-the-waist rule and a rule that would require teams to have either their jerseys or pants contrast in color to the playing field. The latter rule would obviously apply to Boise State and their notorious blue turf.Via CBS Sports
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