NCAA committee suggests targeting rule changes

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WACH) - The NCAA Football Rules Committee has recommended a rules change that would potentially slow down offenses like Clemson's fast-break style attack and alter the controversial targeting rule.

The proposals came during the committee's meeting in Indianapolis this week.

The committee recommended that if an instant replay official rules a disqualification should not have occurred, and if a targeting foul is not accompanied by another personal foul, the 15-yard penalty for targeting should not be enforced.

However, if the targeting foul is committed along with another personal foul, the 15-yard penalty for that foul would remain. An example would be if a player is called for roughing the passer and targeting the head and neck area, but the instant replay official rules that targeting did not occur, the player flagged would remain in the game, but roughing the passer would be enforced.

"Overall, the targeting rule was successful and has had the intended impact of making play safer," said Troy Calhoun, head coach at the Air Force Academy and chair of the committee. "This alteration keeps the intent of the rule, but allows replay to correct all of the consequences from a rare missed call."

Committee members have also proposed an alteration that could slow high-octane offenses that try to run a fast paced high-play count attack. A proposal dicates that the offense will not be allowed to snap the ball until the play clock reaches 29 seconds or less. If the offense snaps the ball before the play clock reaches 29 seconds, a 5-yard, delay-of-game penalty will be enforced.

The committee believes that 10 seconds provides sufficient time for defensive player substitutions without inhibiting the ability of an offense to play at a fast pace.

All rules proposals must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel. That body meets on March 6 to discuss possible changes.