Phillips called targeting “an area of emphasis” for the conference. He said that the conference office is in communication with officials, studying game video, putting together videos that officials can watch to prepare “and we can’t relent on that. We can’t retreat on any of those facets when it comes to player safety.”
Phillips said that the consistency with which it’s called is an issue and suggested that the ACC could drive change with the NCAA to redefine the targeting rule. He recognized that officials are human and will make mistakes, and also credited them for learning from mistakes and trying to apply the rule with consistency.
“But there’s still a few (targeting violations) that have happened over the first five or six weeks that you just think we probably should have thrown a flag or something,” he said. “And if it’s not targeting, at least it’s a personal foul.”