Eject Clowney For His Big Hit?


By Sports Department

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney ended his stellar sophomore season by delivering a jaw-dropping hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith.

The hit has drawn national praise and even an ESPY award.

Yet if it had happened in the upcoming season, it may have caused him to be ejected.

During the ACC Kickoff on Monday, Atlantic Coast Conference coordinator of officials Doug Rhoads told reporters he would have ejected Clowney for the play.

Rhoads was trying to explain a new targeting rule the NCAA will implement this season.

Under the rule, a player initiating contact above the shoulder of a defenseless player or leading with the crown of the helmet results in a 15-yard penalty and ejection from the game.

A player ejected in the second half must miss the first half of the following game.

All ejections are subject to review and can be overturned with indisputable evidence.

South Carolina and North Carolina will be the first two teams to try out the new targeting rule, when they open up the college football season on Aug. 29 at Williams-Brice Stadium.

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