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NCAA Announces Changes To College Football Targeting Rules

Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason talking to a referee.

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Derek Mason of the Vanderbilt Commodores talks to an official during the second half of a game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Vanderbilt Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

In early March, the NCAA Football Rules Committee met to propose two changes to the targeting rule. Stanford head coach David Shaw chaired the committee.

Just over a month later, college football's most controversial rule is undergoing a significant change before the 2019 season kicks off. The targeting rule has drawn the ire of college football fans everywhere, but the recent proposition suggested a tweak the rule.

According to a statement from the NCAA, targeting can no longer "stand" as a call on the field. Instant replay officials must confirm or overturn the call.

Here's more from the release.

 If any element of targeting cannot be confirmed, the replay official will overturn the targeting foul. There will not be an option for letting the call on the field “stand” during a targeting review — it must either be confirmed or overturned.

The committee also approved a "progressive penalty for targeting." Players who received three targeting fouls in the same season are subject to a one-game suspension.

A change to college football's most controversial rule could be exactly what fans have been waiting for.

Since its inception, the targeting rule has driven college football fans crazy. We'll have to wait and see if these changes improve the game.