THE RED STATE REPORT
Obama has promised that NCAA football should be regulated by him, so as to avoid concussions. Well, the NCAA has heard Obama and is acting.
Next college football season, an NCAA player who targets the head of a defenseless player could be ejected from the game.
On Wednesday, the NCAA Football Rules Committee unanimously approved a proposal that would tack on an ejection to the 15-yard penalty that comes with such hits.
According to the proposed rule, “if the penalty occurs in the first half, the player would be ejected for the remainder of the game. If the penalty occurs in the second half or overtime, the player is ejected for the remainder of the game and the first half of the next game.”
While I feel a purposeful helmet to helmet hit, in order to knock a player out (unconscious) should be penalized, I witnessed a large number of helmet to helmet calls that were actually bad calls. I have seen one heck of a lot of absolutely horrible calls over the last couple of years pertaining to “head to head contact”. I do not have faith in the refs on the field being able to make that judgment call. Even if they review the play right after it happens to determine an ejection, they are always going to error on the side of precaution and people are going to be kicked out of games when they shouldn’t be. I would estimate 80% of the helmet to helmet calls were bad calls. Either the player wasn’t aiming for the others helmet, hit the other with his shoulder pads or the other player lowered their head, therefore causing the hit.