NCAA re­ports FBS tar­get­ing penal­ties re­main same as in 2017

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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.

Big Ten and Mid-Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence co­or­di­na­tor of foot­ball of­fi­cials Bill Carollo said he was pleased to see the tar­get­ing penal­ties level off and the hope is the num­bers will come down in 2019.

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