Kirk Herbstreit explains why he would not have called targeting against Devin White
One of the biggest topics to come out of Week 8 in the SEC was the targeting call against LSU linebacker Devin White. While many question the borderline call on the field, the fact that White was ejected from the Mississippi State game after hitting Nick Fitzgerald won’t be the only punishment for the Tigers’ defensive captain, he’ll miss the first half of the upcoming Alabama game, too. (The reason being the foul occurred in the second half of the LSU-Mississippi State)
Whether that’s a suitable punishment or not is something that may be looked into this offseason but it doesn’t appear the SEC or the NCAA is going to take any action to reverse the call or punishment heading into what looks to be the game of the year in the SEC.
One person that’s come out against the decision to even call the foul on White is ESPN college football analyst and College GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit. According to Herbstreit, he can sympathize with a ref making the split-second decision to throw the flag but he doesn’t understand how a call like that stood up upon video review.
Herbstreit’s comments were shared online by Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger on Tuesday:
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The ESPN analyst makes a good point, considering the how borderline this call appeared to be and so many can view the play and have opposing views of what part of Fitzgerald White actually came into contact with on the field.
Despite the disagreement with the call, the penalty appears it will stand and LSU will be without White’s services with the Tigers set to host No. 1 Alabama in Baton Rouge, Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. CT on CBS.