From BTN's Tom Dienhart at B1G Officials Conference today: hits above the shoulders will result in automatic ejection. The only way I see this working is if the officials are allowed to review replay. Really hard to make these calls in real time, especially in situations where the ballcarrier ducks or slides at the last second. Replay official could have an even more significant role in the game. Not sure what he means by "conclusive evidence" to overturn. And if it is overturned, does the penalty flag get picked up?
If a player is flagged for delivering a blow above the shoulders in 2013, #B1G officials coordinator Bill Carollo says he will be ejected.
Per rule language, the only way for a player to avoid ejection for a high hit is if replay official has conclusive evidence to the contrary.
@DesmondHoward isn't a big fan of the new targeting rule. And this is coming from an offensive player.
Message is clear at #B1G officials clinic: If there is ANY doubt in a ref's mind that a player was targeted for a hit, flag will be tossed.
Officials are being shown a series of hard hits and asked to vote if hit is foul and targeting. I'll just say this: get ready for ejections.
This is apparent: #B1G office does NOT want to have to make decisions on suspensions on Mondays. Wants it done on Saturdays by referees.