Tom Dienhart from BTN joined the Mike Heller Show to give insight on the Big Ten's most recent rule change: the targeting rule, which will be put into effect next fall.
Dienhart's reaction to the change:
This is going to be an NCAA wide rule. This passed in March and I didn’t pay a lot of attention to it, but this is a significant one. It's all about making the sport safer. How many stories have we read about the potential long term effects of playing football? The bottom line is everybody wants to try and make the sport safer. This rule about targeting defensive players above the shoulder is going to be a huge story the first couple weeks of the season. The penalty goes from being a 15 yard penalty to an immediate ejection from the game. It can be reviewed in the booth, but
the odds of it ever getting reversed in the boot are slimmed. There can be an appeal process but the bottom line is this: this is a new age of football and this is a huge step in trying to make the sport safer.
Dienhart's thoughts on the coach’s reactions:
I think everyone has taken the proper PR standpoint. Everyone is for safety. Nobody is against safety. It’s like saying you're for clubbing baby seals, but you know the first time Bo Pelini's star player gets booted on defense, let’s see how he handles it. Everyone is on board, but it could be a whole different ball game when the bright lights get turned on in September, and the game gets played for real.