NCAA announces rule changes regarding targeting, faking injuries
Targeting suspensions could be overturned this season, the NCAA announced Thursday. It’s part of a series of rule changes announced by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel. In addition to the targeting review, there will be now a “reporting and investigation process” for suspected fake injuries.
The NCAA’s rule change addresses suspensions for second-half targeting calls. Players called for targeting in the second half can now appeal their suspension for the first half of the next game. Though targeting calls are heavily criticized, there may not be many successful appeals.
Re the new targeting appeals process: Last year, there were 99 targeting fouls in the second half of FBS games (eligible for appeals).
Steve Shaw told @SINow last week that *less than five of them* would have been overturned on appeal.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) April 21, 2022
The other headlining measure announced regards faking injuries. The NCAA has approved a “reporting and investigation process”:
Schools and conferences will be able to report questionable scenarios to the national coordinator of officials, who will review and provide feedback to the conference for further action. Any penalties levied would be up to the conference office or school involved.
Fake slides will also be treated as real slides. After Kenny Pickett’s fake slide last year, officials are now instructed to call a ball-carrier down if they simulate a feet-first slide. Defensive holding remains a 10-year penalty but will always be an automatic first down.
Blocking below the waist rules have been simplified:
The proposal will allow blocking below the waist only by linemen and stationary backs inside the tackle box. Outside the tackle box on scrimmage plays, blocking below the waist will be prohibited.
All rule changes take effect in the 2022 season.