The Big 12 Conference announced today that Baylor Bears wide receiver Corey Coleman would be suspended for the first half against Iowa State, after an illegal hit against Kansas State‘s Kip Daily was not properly assessed. As much as Baylor fans may want to argue the suspension, the Big 12 made the right call.
The hit came with a little over 11:00 minutes left in the second quarter on Saturday, as Coleman was blocking for fellow receiver Tevin Reese. After the hit Daily remained on the ground and looked as if he had been knocked out momentarily on the play. Eventually, Daily made his way off the field, but he did not return to the game.
It is unclear if Daily suffered a concussion on the play, but with the play being a textbook case of a helmet-to-helmet hit, it most likely did ring his bell.
No penalty was assessed on the play, but according to the release from the Big 12 today, commissioner Bob Bowlsby said that targeting should have been called:
“As a result of our review and conclusion that Targeting should have been called, Mr. Coleman will be suspended for the first half of Baylor’s next game against Iowa State under Rule 9.1.4 of the NCAA Rules Book.”
This was the right call by the conference. Under the new targeting rules, a player is automatically ejected from the game upon being penalized for targeting, and the play is then immediately reviewed. The penalty cannot be reversed, but the player ejection can. An ejection for targeting in the second half of a game also results in an automatic suspension for the first half of the team’s next game.
It was pretty clear during the replay that Coleman led with his head and made helmet-to-helmet contact with Daily, thus, it was pretty clear he should have been flagged for targeting. Despite the missed call on the field, however, the conference has made the right call with suspending Coleman.
People like to argue about the subjective nature of the call, and certainly we’ve seen a lack of consistency in enforcing the rule so far this season. One example Baylor fans have been pointing to is Mike Davis’ cheap-shot of an Iowa State defensive back a few weeks ago. While Davis probably should have been suspended, he wasn’t.
Regardless, Coleman will sit for the first half of Baylor’s October 19 game against Iowa State.
Coleman is currently Baylor’s third leading receiver, with eight receptions, 160 receiving yards and a touchdown.
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