College football coaches want targeting penalties split into two categories - ESPN
Espn.com - Wed 9 Jan 21:40 GMT

College football coaches want targeting penalties split into two categories - ESPN

Using flagrant fouls in basketball as a model, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association Todd Berry said FBS coaches unanimously support a model that splits the targeting rule into two categories based on malicious intent.

  SAN ANTONIO -- College football coaches want to see the targeting rule split into two categories that would determine whether certain hits delivered with the crown of the helmet carry malicious intent.

  Todd Berry, the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, said Wednesday that the FBS coaches in their annual meeting unanimously supported a model that would assign Targeting 1 or Targeting 2 to a player who makes forcible contact with the crown of his helmet.

  Berry referred to flagrant fouls in basketball, where fouls are split into Flagrant 1 and Flagrant 2, as a potential model for college football's targeting rule.

  Berry said the coaches discussed whether multiple Targeting 1 fouls would warrant an automatic ejection and didn't reach a consensus.

  "While we recognize that there are opportunities presented where our coaches aren't in the decision-making process, we continually ask others who are scheduling these college football games on Friday night to be concerned about it."