STILLWATER, Okla. —
When it comes to the latest installment of new college football rules, namely the so-called targeting rule, which prohibits a defensive player from making head-to-head contact or risk ejection, things can get kind of fuzzy.
So fuzzy that just trying to implement the new rule might cause more headaches than the concussions the same rules are trying to prevent.
But if there’s one thing Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy knows, it’s that when a new rule is added you better expect it to be called.
“The thing that worries me is that when there’s a new rule in effect, they usually try to call it and set a standard,” Gundy said. “I’m hoping that it won’t be that way. Unless it’s a blantent target, then they’ll keep the game the same. I thought the game was fine.”
Gundy isn’t the only one who has a problem with the new rule. Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has been very outspoken about the rule, making sure guys like Calvin Barnett don’t become the next poster child for the rule — a la South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney, whose hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith helped inspire the new rule.
“There making so many rules these days it’s really hard to keep up with them,” Oklahoma State senior linebacker Caleb Lavey said. “The next thing you know we’re going to be wearing life jackets out there.”
Life jackets? Maybe not. But even though the new rule hasn’t gained much favor from defensive coordinators or players, Gundy did say that the new targeting rule is helping to make the game safer.
“I believe that they’re moving in the right direction,” Gundy said. “I just have some concerns of putting too much of the decision-making process in the officials’ hands, not that they would pick one team or the other. When I listen to Walt Anderson, the director of officiating in (the Big 12) and those officials, for the most part don’t want to be in that situation either. They want to be able to make a call and say it’s either this way or this way.