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Targeting Rule Challenge For All

HaHa Clinton-Dix

The most controversial rules change in recent years came very close to being even more controversial Saturday when a Southeastern Conference official threw a flag on a play and then called it a targeting violation. It wasn't targeting – which was fixed. But it also should not have been a penalty, but that wasn't fixed.

No one argues with the intent of the targeting rule. In fact, the rule has been in place. It is to prevent defenseless players, usually receivers looking for the ball or quarterbacks looking downfield to pass, from being targeted by an opposing player for a hit to the head. If the opposing player uses the crown of his helmet or his arms or hands for the hit, it is a personal foul. To add teeth...

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