Targeting has been a debated rule since its implementation in college football.
Its purpose — to protect players — is simple, and accepted. It’s execution … not so much.
Near the other side of the country, Ohio State lost defensive end Nick Bosa to such a call in the early stages of what ended up being a blowout loss to Iowa. In the Pac-12, Oregon State got hit the hardest this week.
Beavers cornerback Kyle White and outside linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu were both ejected from Saturday’s game against Cal for targeting. Ugwoegbu’s ejection came in the second half, meaning he’ll have to sit out the first half of Oregon State’s game against Arizona.
Interim head coach Cory Hall knows the game has changed, and he thinks he probably wouldn’t have fit in if he played today.
“I would probably have been ejected every game (with today’s rules),” Hall said, via The Oregonian’s Danny Moran. “Eventually I would have had to learn. … I probably wouldn’t have made it as far because that was my M.O.”
The rule change is to avoid hits around the head, in an effort to reduce head trauma in the sport. That is responsible and commendable. But the rule has been interpreted far looser than one might expect. Still, Hall’s staff is working toward making his players more disciplined.
“It is hard to tell him to make a full-speed attempt to be safe,” Hall said. “That’s tough. But again, it’s why we’re in this. We’re not in coaching to make it easy. … You have to evolve as a coach as the game evolves.”
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