The NCAA Football Rules Committee approved several proposals to enhance player safety, the NCAA announced Thursday.
The biggest change is in regards to the targeting foul, which continues to draw attention each week of the football season. The committee voted to increase the role of instant replay officials, who will now be required to view all aspects of targeting fouls. The instant replay official will also have to authority to stop the game and create a targeting foul in circumstances where a foul has occurred.
In addition to the rules changes on the targeting foul, players who leave the tackle box will be prohibited to blocking below the waist toward the initial position of the ball.
Also, any player who is carrying the ball and has clearly given himself up by sliding feet first will be deemed defenseless, and deliberately tripping the ball carrier will now result in a penalty.
Aside from the rules changes to enhance player safety, the committee has made some changes to allow technology to be used by team personnel. Electronic devices that are used for coaching purposes can be used in the press box and locker room during the game, but it will not be allowed on the sideline or on the field.
The committee also discussed the rules pertaining to ineligible receivers downfield, but the committed did not make any changes other than to instruct officials to strictly enforce the three-yard limit.