BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — After a year in which questions abounded surrounding the targeting rule, the Southeastern Conference’s head of officials confirmed some changes will be made to the oft-criticized rule. Steve Shaw said Wednesday the rule will no longer carry a 15-yard penalty if the official review deems the penalty was not targeting.
Previously, the rule carried a 15-yard penalty even if the official review decided targeting was not committed. Shaw said officials will also allow for some celebrations after touchdowns. Celebrations that don’t appear choreographed will not be penalized, but those that look as if they were practiced carry a penalty.
Shaw said some celebrations, like a throat-slashing gesture, will be automatically penalized.
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