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Ejection for targeting in football is a rather severe punishment

Crunch Time


October 12, 2017

At first, this column was going to focus on what’s wrong with the NCAA’s targeting rule, enacted in 2008 to try and curtail escalating incidents of concussions and head and neck injuries that sidelined football players and in several instances ended their careers, severely.

There are some things that could be done to make the rule more fair, more in a moment. But by and large, the rule seems to be working, drawing the attention of coaches and players to practicing and emphasizing better, safer, tackling techniques.

When I played football back in Revolutionary War times, tackling was ab...

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