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Targeting Calls Are Working for the SEC

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.

Over the first four weeks of the season, there have been three targeting calls, all of which have been upheld.refs-150x150

“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.”

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SEC Coordinator of Officials Sees Benefits from Targeting Rule

Steve Shaw, the SEC’s coordinator of officials, says the league’s new targeting rule has produced desirable results.

Shaw noted at SEC Media Days 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.”refs

Shaw also noted that the league is making it a point of emphasis to penalize defensive players, who hit quarterback in the knee area. This was a fear when the targeting rule was implemented that defensive players would lower their target area too far.

Shaw said the SEC now has a defacto strike zone: “You hit them above the knee and below the neck.”

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Hockey Player Sues Opponent, Referees After Suffering a Concussion

(Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt from the recent Concussion Litigation Reporter)

A Canadian man who suffered a concussion while competing in a game in a no-contact hockey league has sued the opposing player who caused the injury as well as the two referees who worked the game.

The plaintiff was playing for the New Age Drilling Warriors in a game against the Murphy Built Southern Lakes on Oct. 22, 2012. the plaintiff alleged that the game, right from the start, was “aggressive, heated and chippy,” and that the referees did little to control it. In the second period, the plaintiff became entangled with an opposing player, the defendant, who allegedly checked him, sending him sprawling to the ice.

The plaintiff claimed he suffered a traumatic brain injury, soft-tissue damage to the neck and back, and psychological injuries, including problems with his memory, depression and anxiety. Because of the injury, both his earning capacity and “enjoyment of life” are diminished, according to the complaint.

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