In a teleconference with the media, Steve Shaw, head of officials with the Southeastern Conference, said the enforcement of targeting offenses is working for the conference.
“I think our guys are really paying attention,” Shaw said on the call. “The coaches are doing a great job, and our officials are staying on point on this. Really, I think the rule is working.”
The comment reinforced what Shaw said in the pre-season that he sees “evidence of players lowering the target and sometimes pulling up on an unnecessary hit so they’re not at risk for a targeting disqualification. The rule has done what we wanted to do and we need to stay with it.”