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SportNCAA reports FBS targeting penalties remain same as in 2017

20:55  06 december  2018
20:55  06 december  2018 Source:   ap.org

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College football targeting penalties may become more lenient through a proposed rule change that could As targeting ejections have doubled over three years, the NCAA Football Rules Committee is looking The indicators remain the same as No. 1. Defenseless players can mean various situations for The American Athletic Conference, which will use collaborative replay for the first time in 2017

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NCAA reports FBS targeting penalties remain same as in 2017© The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2018, file photo, Ohio State defensive back Jordan Fuller tackles Nebraska tight end Kurt Rafdal during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, in Columbus, Ohio. Fuller was ejected from the game for a targeting penalty on the play. The NCAA says the number of enforced targeting penalties in the Football Bowl Subdivision this regular season was the same as in 2017. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File) The NCAA says the number of enforced targeting penalties in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season was the same as in 2017, ending four straight years of increased calls.

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NCAA national coordinator of officials Rogers Redding reported 179 enforced calls in 817 games compared with 179 in 816 games last season.

The final 2017 report originally listed 188 enforced calls, but Redding said the numbers are sometimes adjusted after an offseason review. The NCAA compiles its numbers through reports submitted each week by conferences.

Big Ten and Mid-American Conference coordinator of football officials Bill Carollo said he was pleased to see the targeting penalties level off and the hope is the numbers will come down in 2019.

"Coaches have done a good job at teaching proper hitting (both blocking and tackling) techniques and officials have improved in calling targeting plays as well as reviewing the plays," Carollo wrote in a text to The Associated Press. "It's still our No. 1 concern and our one area we need to improve."

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← 2015. 2017 →. The 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season was the highest level of college football Requiring replay officials to review all aspects of targeting penalties Coaches can now be ejected after receiving two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in one game, the same as players.

In FBS , every football scholarship is a full ride given to one player. In FCS, teams can split up the value of their The NCAA runs this one, just as it does Division II’s and Division III’s. That predates the four-team FBS A targeting foul in the SEC is the same as a targeting foul in the Southland Conference.

Redding noted the number of calls was alarming early in the season. In the first two weeks, there were 55 enforced penalties in 164 games compared with 36 through 162 games in 2017.

"As the season progressed, the numbers settled down, so that serendipitously the two seasons ended the same," Redding said. "This means that as the season progressed the number of (targeting) fouls tracked below last year, with this year's numbers trending generally down."

Targeting penalties increased in the Football Championship Subdivision. There were 115 enforced calls in 620 games (0.18 average) compared with 92 in 626 (0.14) in 2017.

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