- Brett McMurphy, College football reporter
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Teams no longer will be penalized 15 yards if officials overturn an ejection for a targeting penalty, the NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Panel voted Thursday, sources told ESPN.
The change will go into effect this season.
Last season, any player committing a targeting penalty was ejected and his team given a 15-yard penalty. The panel proposes that should the replay official determine an ejection was not warranted, and if another personal foul does not occur on the play, the targeting penalty is not to be enforced. When a targeting foul was called last season, the 15-yard penalty was enforced even if the replay official ruled the player should not be disqualified.
When confirmed by replay, the targeting rule remains unchanged. The team is penalized 15 yards and the offending player is ejected. If the foul occurs in the first half, the player is ejected for the remainder of the game. If it occurs in the second half or overtime, the player is ejected for the remainder of the game and the first half of his team's next game.
The 11-member oversight panel was scheduled to vote on a 10-second proposal that would have slowed offenses, but the NCAA Football Rules Committee on Wednesday tabled that proposal for at least a year.
The proposal would have prohibited snapping the ball until at least 10 seconds ran off the 40-second play clock, allowing defenses a chance to substitute. The only exceptions would be in the final two minutes of each half or if the play clock began at 25 seconds.
Teams will no longer be penalized 15 yards when officials overturn a targeting penalty, the NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Panel voted Thursday, sources told ESPN.