SEC’s Shaw: Targeting rule working as planned

For those of you with your hopes up, the targeting rule in college football will not change during the season.

Steve Shaw, the SEC’s coordinator of officials, reaffirmed that on the conference’s weekly teleconference on Wednesday.

“I want to be crystal clear. That’s not something that will change in-season,” he said.

Shaw joined the teleconference in the wake of the four targeting penalties that were called in SEC games on Saturday.

He explained that of those four, two were “textbook targeting,” one was iffy (my word, not his) and one was “properly” overturned — although the 15-yard penalty still stood, much to the dismay of Georgia fans.

LB Ramik Wilson was penalized for targeting on a fourth-down incompletion. It was overturned, so he wasn’t ejected, but Vanderbilt used the first down to continue its drive.

“Even (SEC Commissioner Mike Slive) has serious reservations about the penalty philosophy around targeting fouls when they’re overturned,” Shaw said. “He and I have talked. He’s challenged me, and together we’re going to work with the rules committee to revisit the penalty if a disqualification is overturned for targeting.”

He said that of the 14 targeting penalties called in SEC games this year, six have been overturned. Nationally, have been 52 targeting penalties in FBS games, 15 of which have been overturned.

“The rule is working as the rule’s makers wanted it to,” Shaw said. “… The rule was intended to modify player behavior, change how coaches interact with their players and modify player behavior on the field.”

He added the NCAA rules committee will meet this offseason to discuss whether to take away the 15-yard penalty on overturned ejections, which is a lot of people’s biggest complaint about the rule.

Past blogs

Dabo in denial? Perhaps there is more to his comments

Miami’s next punishment could come from FSU

View replay before ejecting players for targeting

SEC shook up on Shake Down Saturday

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78 comments Add your comment


October 23rd, 2013
9:00 pm

By the way techies….we re still gonna kick yall’s asses….


October 23rd, 2013
8:58 pm

No, the call didnt cost us the game directly, but did alter the procession of play, not to mention put one of our top defenders out for remainder of game. If the penalty is overturned, no yardage should be inforced……period. They re gonna turn football into a flag-ftball league….


October 23rd, 2013
8:54 pm

If you don’t want to “still talk about it” SavBuzz and others, why are YOU in a blog to “talk” about it?

Under The Bleachers

October 23rd, 2013
8:51 pm

Yes, the rule is working, However the application process has to be reviewed.

Go back and watch the Boston College vs FSU game…..Nick O Leary blind sides an DT and the DT for BC is out for the year with a head-ear hole shot that knocked him off his feet and tore his knee up.

By definition that is worse than practically anything I Have seen called all year on a defensive player.


October 23rd, 2013
8:49 pm

SavBuzz…..the article speaks from the point of view of an SEC official. And mentions Commissioner of the SEC, Mike Slives reservations about rule. It also states the number of targeting calls and reversals in the SEC and nationwide. This past weekend there were 4 calls in SEC games (2 other than UGA). So this is not just about UGA. Looking
BUT, we do live in GA and UGA most likely got screwed the worst by these calls this past weekend. So yes, the AJC is rightfully still “talking” (as you say) about it.


October 23rd, 2013
8:42 pm


I’ll answer your question, yes I would. If this kind of action continues I’ll quit watching or following college football altogether. I’ve no problem with a protection rule. I have supported instant replay since it’s inception. The problem I have here is when they have instant replay, use it, admit it was a bad call and still enforce a penalty for a non infraction? Nah, no more sport in that. That’s Referee interference


October 23rd, 2013
8:36 pm


Are you really going to give up your tickets because an official blew a call? A call that is made at warp speed? Do you really think the other half “these great stadiums” are also going to give up their tickets because of a blown call? Maybe the shortfall can be picked up that great stadium in Nasheville. They happen in EVERY game? Good teams compensate for them.

I think a lot of dawg fans have already stated that this was Vandy and it should not have come down to a call here or there.

Last year it was “within 5 yards of a NC” and I guess this year it will be “if it wasn’t for targeting”…..


October 23rd, 2013
7:32 pm

Wow, had no idea that we’d still be talking about this. Then again, we are talking the University of Georgia, and it is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. So I guess any issue that might have deprived the almighty Dawgs a victory should be analyzed, dissected, debated, discussed, and re-discussed until we GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS. Because clearly this is UNACCEPTABLE!
Please, let’s move on.


October 23rd, 2013
7:30 pm

Love how the trolls who probably didn’t even watch the game say it didn’t change the outcome. Lose your best defensive lineman for most of the game, then keep a drive alive when you would have been off the field. Right, it didn’t change the game. Oh, and if he believes it’s working as intended, then Shaw is an effin idiot.


October 23rd, 2013
7:03 pm

So the Dawgs can no longer use their classic “If you can’t outplay them, cripple them instead” tactics? You’re right, football as we all know it is over forever. :-)