Butch Jones wants method to appeal targeting suspensions
The system can’t help Tennessee cornerback Emmanuel Moseley. That’s why his coach wants the system to change.
“I do think that there should be a formal process,” Butch Jones said when asked if there should be a way to appeal a suspension for targeting. “Maybe it’s all the leagues getting together and reviewing those.
“The SEC has done a very good job of everything to this point, but to better the game and when you’re talking about being in it for the players, I do think that’s something that would be very healthy for our game in moving forward.”
Moseley was ejected from the Kentucky game on Saturday after he was called for targeting. Per NCAA rules, he will be suspended for the first half of the South Carolina game on Saturday. It was a questionable call, as Moseley didn’t appear to launch himself nor lead with his head when he hit Kentucky receiver Garrett Johnson, who did not appear to be defenseless. The penalty was upheld by instant replay review.
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“You’re talking about a young man that basically did everything that we asked but wrapped,” Jones said.
Jones said Moseley feels “terrible” about the incident. Jones said Monday that he talked to the SEC office about the suspension. SEC spokesman Chuck Dunlap told SEC Country via email that there is no method to appeal a targeting suspension.
“There is no formal appeal,” Jones said. “The appeal is basically when it goes to replay. But I do think when you’re talking about a suspension, you should be able to have an avenue or a forum to go back and look at it.
“You’re talking about the welfare of a student-athlete. You’re talking about his family. You’re talking about him. You’re talking about everything they put into it.”