Targeting penalties unchanged: The NCAA says the number of enforced targeting penalties in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season was the same as in 2017, ending four straight years of increased calls.
NCAA national coordinator of officials Rogers Redding reported 179 enforced calls in 817 games compared with 179 in 816 games last season.
The final 2017 report originally listed 188 enforced calls, but Redding said the numbers are sometimes adjusted after an offseason review. The NCAA compiles its numbers through reports submitted each week by conferences.
Maryland: Mike Locksley is thrilled to be home. The Washington native who spent two stints as a Maryland assistant and was the Terrapins’ interim leader for six games in 2015 was introduced Thursday as the school’s full-time coach.
“This was the job I’ve coveted since the day I put a whistle around my neck as a coach,” said Locksley, the Alabama offensive coordinator, who Tuesday was named the winner of the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach. “Some people grow up wanting to be the head coach at the University of Alabama, Michigan, all the storied programs. For Locks, this was it.” California: Coach Justin Wilcox signed a new fiveyear deal to stay under contract through the 2023 season. The deal adds two more years to the original contract signed in 2017. Wilcox also gets a raise and more money for his assistant coach pool.