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FILE – In this Sept. nine, 2017, document photograph, Hawaii large receiver Kalakaua Timoteo, heart, drops the ball as he will get hit by way of UCLA linebacker Josh Woods, left, and defensive again Mossi Johnson (21) on the objective line, all over the second one part of an NCAA faculty soccer recreation in Pasadena, Calif. Woods was once penalized for targeting and ejected. Targeting consequences within the Football Bowl Subdivision higher for the fourth immediately season and an research by way of The Associated Press discovered that the Pac-12 and SEC had essentially the most gamers flagged this season. The NCAA reported an all-time top of 188 enforced targeting calls in 832 regular-season video games. Last 12 months, there have been 144 in 839 video games. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)
Targeting could be the recent button factor in faculty soccer this season, and in no convention has it been more of a supply of discussion than within the Pac-12.
The convention and its officers were underneath hearth at quite a lot of occasions all over the 12 months for questionable targeting calls and/or no calls.
The most renowned of the ones was once the Porter Gustin no name all over the USC-Washington State recreation.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott commented on that hit and the following ruling later on, telling the Associated Press “you’ll for sure think that play were given a large number of seems, no longer simply from the replay sales space on the stadium, however we have now were given our command heart again in San Francisco with our head of officiating and a host of skilled replay guys, who completely would have checked out that play… As , in any given recreation there are a large number of shut calls, and this was once an overly, very shut one. No doubt about it.”
The commissioner’s remark perceived to put the problem to mattress, in spite of the protestations of many.
As it seems, it was once best the start.
Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel reported past due Wednesday evening that there was once considerably more to the tale.
In addition to the Gustin no name, Pac-12 officers additionally failed to name targeting against Washington State linebacker Logan Tago for his helmet-to-helmet hit at the Trojans’ freshman quarterback J.T. Daniels.
Per Thamel, “at the ultimate play of the 3rd quarter of Washington State’s game at USC on Sept. 21, Trojan quarterback JT Daniels scrambled and ducked to a knee. After he’d established himself as down, Washington State linebacker Logan Tago dove at him headfirst and initiated transparent helmet-to-helmet touch. The play drew each a flag for roughing the passer and a overview for targeting.
“It was a clear enough call that both the in-stadium replay officials and the replay officials in the Pac-12’s command center in San Francisco ruled the play as a targeting penalty, according to an internal replay report obtained by Yahoo Sports. This call would have ejected Tago from the game. An independent veteran official who viewed the play also told Yahoo Sports it was “clear targeting.”
“Targeting wasn’t called and Tago stayed in the game. The replay report obtained by Yahoo Sports states that “unfortunately a third party did not agree” with the decision. That “third party” was once Pac-12 basic recommend and senior vp of commercial affairs Woodie Dixon, Yahoo Sports resources have showed.”
Thamel went on to mention that Dixon “oversees football for the conference but is not a formally trained official. Dixon telephoned in his opinion that the play wasn’t targeting, sources said. According to the report, his opinion overruled both the trained officials in the stadium replay booth and in the league’s command center.”
And with that, the Pac-12’s issues with targeting appear a lot more of an institutional failing and no more the results of inept officiating.
Another go back for Jimmermania?
Jay Yeomans of JMoneySports had a lot to mention referring to Jimmer Fredette and the display he placed on against the Houston Rockets Tuesday evening.
While his group, the Shanghai Sharks, had been simply every other in a protracted line of the sacrificial lambs of the NBA preseason — the Sharks fell to the Rockets by way of a ranking of 128-86 — Fredette had himself relatively the person efficiency.
Per Yeomans, “Fredette carried the Sharks on the offensive end with a game-high 41 points on 16-for-40 shooting from the field, including 4-for-11 from 3-point range and a perfect 5-for-5 from the foul line. The former BYU star also just missed out on a double-double, as he collected nine rebounds to go along with three assists and a pair of steals in 48 minutes of work.”
KSL sports activities anchor Jeremiah Jensen tweeted out video of the efficiency.
Does Jimmer’s trip imply the rest?
Yeomans’ for sure thinks so.
“While the outcome was far from ideal (or unexpected), for Fredette and the Sharks, the former NCAA national player of the year clearly showed that he has what it takes to score against the best competition in the world. And while that might not mean much at this point in the season, it may open up some NBA doors for him once the Chinese League season comes to an end.”
Top-ranked and unbeaten BYU depends upon skill, stability, revel in (Volleyballmag.com)
Hawaii Game Eight: First Look at BYU Cougars (247Sports)
And after all…
A two-minute video to decorate your morning, courtesy of Sports Illustrated