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Article written by Nick Wheatley

10 responses to “The Targeting Rule HAS To Change”

  1. Cmart0907

    These coaches in their inept ability to change their game plan is what need to be change.

  2. Chagan02

    The targeting rule is much like many others, sounds great in theory, but the unintended consequences aren’t thought through. This rule is really hurting college football. It’s a no win situation.

  3. JASUN74

    Nick the only thing that lost this game is with 2:30 to go before halftime, we had all the momentum and confidence in the world, we was up with the ball and was going to get the ball back first in the second half!! Oh we also had a couple timeouts!!!! What did we do you ask? Well we pretty much took a damn knee and ONLY WANTED TO run out the clock!! That’s what we call in my neighborhood as” HAVING NO NUT SACK”. I could just see the air come out of the fans and I knew the game was over at that point.

    Saying all that, I love my cats and all the played their tails off. It’s a shame they had to lose like this.

  4. dckr

    The targeting rule and the tv time outs are ruining the college football experience. The nfl has it figured out time wise. Their games are always 3 hours on the money. And the problem with the targeting rule is that it contradicts the natural instinct of the game.

    1. bbn606

      Every player that makes contact leads with their head unless they are pushing someone out of bounds.

  5. makeitstop

    Can we please stop saying maybe this was technically targeting – it wasn’t. He did not lead w the crown of his helmet or launch w force to head or neck. TJ especially made the tackle he’s taught to make. The QB is at that time a runner. Not a defenseless player. He’s a big, fast QB trying to avoid a sack and two large men are trying to sack him. He’s being wrapped up but isn’t down and TJ never changes his trajectory, never lowers his head and hit him in the chest while wrapping him up. This may come as a surprise to some but the head is on top of the body and it will not move from there to avoid getting to a spot first! TJ has his hands out to make a tackle not hit the head or neck. He does so. There is almost no way that tackling technique could be improved. In fact the QB drops his head just bf contact. He’s not “leading” w his head either he’s going into a shell like a turtle, to protect himself. And if TJ wanted to hurt him he would be hurt… but he tackled him w his arms and body instead. For those of you who have never hit a moving quarterback let me clear this up – they are trying to get away and you are trying to catch them And in case you can’t read a box score more often than not they do get away making it more urgent to catch them!! Defenders are required to refrain from leading w the crown and doing things that look like targeting but They are neither required nor capable of being clairvoyant as to what the quarterback’s next move is in the nanoseconds before impact. Maybe if we had better (professional) referees and not graduates from a rival conference school making part time money in charge of these calls they would improve. Frankly if you get one or two bad calls it looks like bad luck, but where you have a string of bad calls in multiple years it begins to look like something more nefarious. This was a really bad call in a series of bad or missed calls and if it doesn’t warrant investigation from the NCAA in the SEC then they are too stupid to earn the money we send them.


    Just put a skirt and a belt with a flag on players. Problem solved…

  7. hillbilly cat

    Go back to leather helmets. That would eliminate the leading with your helmet.

  8. UKinIN

    Forgot the targeting calls. Is there a team that gets more holding “no calls” than UK? What about the intentional grounding that wasn’t called? UK made plenty of mistakes, shame the refs did too.

  9. bbn606

    We have to recruit players that can arm tackle. Did I just that. Two hand touch is coming to a college stadium near you very soon.