On Tuesday September 3, CBSsports.com reported that the PAC 12 reinstated Chris McCain two days after being ejected from a game on Saturday night. McCain plays for Cal, and he hit the Northwestern quarterback, Trevor Siemian with a solid shot deep in the Wildcats territory. The clean, yet hard hit left McCain ejected for the game. Not only was he ejected, the play resulted in a 15 yard penalty. Oh yeah and he was suspended for the first half of the next game. What! Are you kidding me NCAAF?
Once a player has been thrown out for this so-called targeting rule, the officials in the booth are supposed to replay the hit. Nope. The PAC didn’t replay the hit. This is great by the college football authorities. You want the players to follow rules that you don’t even know exist. You want players to follow dumb rules. However, dumb rules are only followed by dumb people and it’s clear the whole system of checks and balances is flawed.
Let’s not mention that the score was tied early in the fourth quarter when this play took place. California was outscored 17-6 in the final quarter to lose by 14. The problem with the rule besides being idiotic, is that college football has people running show that aren’t invested in the game. Basically, they kicked a guy out, never reviewed it, and continued to play. Who cares though? Chris McCain is only an instrumental part of the defense.
It’s laughable that McCain is now allowed to play after the PAC 12 actually reviewed the tape.
While others blame it on technology, the blame squarely falls on the shoulders of the people in charge. CBSSports.com reports that the replay officials have been "disciplined" for messing up the process.
If football in general was so concerned about head injuries, they would do a far better job of preventing it on the field. In Sunday’s Ohio vs. Louisville game, an Ohio kick returning lowered the boom on a helpless Louisville defender with a direct head shot. It was the epitome of head to head contact, but not a word was spoken about it.
So far the rule is not working, and it never will work. If you don’t believe it’s true, just ask Deshazor Everett.
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