The NCAA is expanding the grounds by which an official can call a targeting penalty.
Starting next season, referees will be allowed to stop the game to examine a potential infraction. Think of it as an officials’ booth review, but for a potential targeting penalty.
“The panel, which met Tuesday via conference call, agreed to allow the instant replay official to stop the game and create a targeting foul in situations where an egregious action occurred and was missed by on-field officials,” the NCAA said in a press release.
A targeting call normally stems from a dangerous — and occasionally helmet-to-helmet — collision with a defenseless player and results in an ejection from the game. This rule could help further eliminate dangerous hits that can result in a myriad of injuries, especially concussions.