The NCAA takes another step toward common sense (really)
- by Zach Barnett 5 months ago
Let's give one helmet sticker to the NCAA's rules oversight panel this week.
A day after nixing the 10-second rule before it even came to a vote, the NCAA's rules oversight panel has amended the silliest rule in the rulebook.
Rule passes: teams won't be penalized 15 yards when officials overturn targeting penalty sources told ESPN — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) March 6, 2014
A refresher: beginning in 2013, a targeting penalty was coupled with an automatic ejection for the offending player. The ejection could be overturned by video review, but the 15-yard penalty stuck around regardless.
Now, when video review overturns a targeting ejection, the 15-yard penalty goes out the window as well. Common sense prevails.
To be clear, there will still be plenty of instances where a player is a player is allowed back in the game but the 15-yarder stays. For instance, an overturned targeting flag could still be a late hit. I would estimate that more than 50 percent of overturned ejections don't in turn remove the 50-yard flag, and the offending bench and fans flip out in protest.