NCAA re­ports tar­get­ing penal­ties re­main same

The Idaho Statesman - - Sports - — WIRE SER­VICES

LAWRENCE, KAN.

Kansas run­ning back Pooka Wil­liams was sus­pended by the Jay­hawks on Fri­day af­ter his ar­rest on sus­pi­cion of do­mes­tic bat­tery, the same day the star fresh­man was cho­sen Big 12 new­comer of the year.

Wil­liams, whose given name is An­thony Ray Wil­liams, was in­volved in a phys­i­cal con­fronta­tion at a Lawrence apart­ment com­plex Thurs­day, univer­sity po­lice said in a state­ment. The woman re­ported mi­nor in­juries, and the in­ci­dent re­port in­di­cates that she sus­tained in­juries from bod­ily force.

Coach Les Miles, who was hired just two a cou­ple weeks ago, said in a state­ment that Wil­liams had been sus­pended from all team ac­tiv­i­ties pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Wil­liams ran for 1,125 yards and seven touch­downs af­ter miss­ing the opener amid ques­tions about his el­i­gi­bil­ity, and he added 289 yards and two touch­downs through the air. The game would pit one of the na­tion’s sto­ried pro­grams and the state’s flag­ship univer­sity against one of fastest ris­ing pro­grams in col­lege foot­ball and a univer­sity with the state’s largest en­roll­ment.

“I’d be OK with sched­ul­ing them – in the right sit­u­a­tion,” Strick­lin said.

Strick­lin said UCF ath­let­ics direc­tor Danny White has never reached out about the pos­si­bil­ity of play­ing the Ga­tors. Strick­lin said he would be will­ing to pick phone, too.

If the schools were to set up a Ga­tors-Knights’ se­ries, Strick­lin said it would have to be sim­i­lar to the two-for-one struc­ture of UF’s up­com­ing se­ries with USF, an­nounced last May.

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.

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