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NCAA Considering Change To Controversial Targeting Rule

A closeup of a Nike football on the field during a game.

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 1: A general view of the game football taken during the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas State Wildcats on October 1, 2005 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners won 43-21. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

One of the most controversial rules in college football could change in the near future. The NCAA is considering a minor adjustment to the targeting rule for the 2020 season.

The NCAA Football Rules Committee met this week to discuss potential rule changes. Fans shouldn't expect a massive change to the targeting rule, but the proposed change makes a lot of sense.

Although the automatic ejection will remain the same, players that are called for targeting might be able to remain on the sidelines with their team. Players currently have to go to the locker room after a targeting foul.

Every other aspect of the targeting rule would stay the way it is right now. If the committee wants to make any potential changes to the rulebook they would need to propose them by April 16.

Stanford head coach David Shaw released a statement on this potential change to the targeting rule.

“In reviewing the trends in targeting, the committee is encouraged and pleased with how the rules have clearly had a positive impact on our game,” Shaw said. “We are encouraged by the improvements in the way our officials, our coaches and our players have worked to keep our game exciting and make it safer. We will continue to look for ways to improve our approach to targeting, but we strongly believe we are on the right path.”

The NCAA hasn't finalized anything up to this point, but it's nice to see the committee look for different ways to tweak the rule while also keeping an emphasis on player safety.

Do you like this potential change to the rule?