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NCAA releases video explaining updated targeting, replay rules

It just got harder to enforce a Targeting penalty.

NCAA Football: Southern Methodist at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

On Thursday, the NCAA released a video outlining how the rules for instant replay will change for the 2019 college football season, specific to Targeting. Dean Blandino, the National Director of Instant Replay, walks the viewer through the changes in rules, and how that plays out on the field.

After explaining the rules, Blandino shows how they would be applied on a handful of plays from the previous season.

The biggest take away is that it will now be more difficult for a Targeting call to be enforced, because the option for the replay official to allow it to stand is no longer an option. So, instead of there having to be irrefutable video evidence to overturn the Targeting call on the field, there must be irrefutable video evidence in order to confirm the Targeting call on the field.

As in years past, all Targeting calls are automatically reviewed. So, if the replay official cannot confirm that all elements of the Targeting foul occurred, the penalty must be overturned, and the play will be allowed to remain in the game.

Check out those rules here:

For a player to be disqualified and the Targeting foul enforced, all elements of a Targeting foul must be confirmed by the Instant Replay Official.

If any element of Targeting cannot be confirmed, then the Replay Official shall overturn the targeting foul.

There is now no option for stands as a part of a Targeting review.