NCAA proposes changes to targeting, substitution rules in football

The NCAA football rules committee is proposing changes to the targeting rule and considering whether or not to ease regulations on defensive substitutions in response to no-huddle offenses.


Currently, defensive targeting carries a 15-yard penalty as well as an automatic ejection. The ejection could be overturned after video review, but the 15-yard penalty could not. If changed, the penalty will no longer be enforced if the ejection is overturned, provided no other personal foul occurred on the play.

Additionally, the committee proposed allowing defensive substitutions within the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock. 

“This rules change is being made to enhance student-athlete safety by guaranteeing a small window for both teams to substitute,” said Air Force coach and committee chair Troy Calhoun. “As the average number of plays per game has increased, this issue has been discussed with greater frequency by the committee in recent years and we felt like it was time to act in the interests of protecting our student-athletes.”

Under the proposed rule change the offense would be assessed a 5-yard delay of game penalty for snapping the ball with more than 29 seconds left on the play clock.

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