Oh, that tricky targeting rule.
It was a popular topic this past weekend, and Missouri coach Barry Odom said Monday what many coaches likely have thought at least a time or two.
During Odom’s media session, Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com asked if the coach had a clear understanding of the targeting rule. Eventually, Odom said, “No I don’t.”
Asked Odom if he had a clear understanding of targeting rule. Went back & forth for about 15 seconds. Then said “No I don’t."
— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) October 24, 2016
The targeting rule affected the Tigers during a 51-45 loss to Middle Tennessee on Saturday. Defensive end Marcell Frazier was ejected for targeting following a hit on Middle Tennessee quarterback Brent Stockstill early in the fourth quarter. After the game, DeArmond tweeted a picture of what he thought was the play in question.
I’m pretty sure this was the play Marcell Frazier was called for targeting. Still not sure about that. pic.twitter.com/aVv3l5ZeBS
— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) October 23, 2016
You can bet the targeting rule will remain a hot-button issue throughout college football. Players’ safety is important, but enforcement of the rule seems difficult. Many times, officials are left to make subjective calls.
It will be interesting to see if more clarification on this rule is gained at a later time. Until then, expect more people — including coaches — to be confused.