The NCAA Football Rules Committee is considering a couple of changes for the 2019 season. One of them includes a controversial rule many have argued is in need of changing.
The committee, which is meeting in Indianapolis from Wednesday through Friday, will be considering a change to the targeting rule.
The NCAA says that the committee will "consider recommending that instant replay officials have the options of only confirming or overturning targeting calls in the future."
The NCAA secretary-rules editor for football expounded on the possible change.
“Typically, the replay officials’ marching orders were that the ruling on the field is correct unless you have indisputable video evidence to overturn it,” Steve Shaw said. “In targeting, we will consider having the replay official look at the complete play irrespective to the call on the field.”
The targeting rule has come under major fire in recent seasons, especially since it resulted in an automatic ejection beginning in 2013. Many have argued that the targeting penalty needs to be changed into two different kinds depending on the severity - one that results in an ejection and another that only results in a 15-yard penalty.
The NCAA Football Rules Committee will also be considering changes to overtime and kickoff.
The committee could consider having teams run 2-point conversion plays in the first or second overtime. Another concept that could be discussed is when a game enters the third overtime, rather than start the drive at the 25-yard line, let both teams run one play from the 2-yard line. This could bring a quicker end to the game and reduce the number of plays from scrimmage.