Report: NCAA Football Oversight Committee may consider changes to targeting, overtime rules
Two of the more controversial rules in college football pertain to targeting and overtime.
Now, it appears those rules might be tweaked, as the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee is considering changes.
According to a report from ESPN, committee chairman Shane Lyons said the group is studying the targeting penalty and specifically the ejection portion of the rule:
“We would consider changes of how it’s done from the officiating aspect of it, from the ejection aspect of it, but we think it needs more study,” Lyons said. “It was a lengthy discussion. One of the biggest concerns is we don’t want to go back and look like we’re doing something that’s not in the well-being, health and safety of the student-athlete, so if you back off the penalty, is it sending the message that this is OK and this is not?”
As for overtime, one potential rule change Lyons mentioned is having to go for two points after every touchdown, not just starting in the third overtime period:
“The question is: Are there things we can tweak in the overtime that could possibly shorten the length?” Lyons said. “Do you leave it the same? Do you automatically have to go for two even after your first touchdown for both teams? What are some things to potentially lessen the overtime?”
Nothing is set in stone just yet, but having conversations about these controversial rules is a good start. We’ll see if anything concrete comes of it before 2019 or not.