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July 17, 2013Southeastern Conference Coordinator of Football Officials Steve Shaw opened the activity at the league's football media days at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham Hotel in Hoover, Ala. on Wednesday morning.
Shaw discussed the rule changes in place for the 2013 season. Here is a synopsis of Shaw's comments in these different areas.
TARGETING DEFENSELESS PLAYERS
Shaw explanation: "The foul hasn't changed. The targeting foul is when a player hits a defenseless player above the shoulders. The definition of a defenseless player has expanded. Here are defenseless players: passer, kicker, receiver coming over the middle and a player completely out of the play. A punter is now considered defenseless for the entire play. A quarterback who throws an interception is considered defenseless for the entire play.
A player receiving a blind-side block is now considered a defenseless player. The penalty now mimics our fighting rule. If there is a targeting foul in the first half, the player is disqualified for the rest of the game. If there is a targeting foul in the second half, the player will be disqualified for the rest of the game and the first half of the next game. Instant replay will be used to review every targeting foul. The foul will stand, but the disqualification can be overridden."
Shaw explanation: "If we have an injured player in the last minute of either half and that's the only reason for stopping the clock, there will be a ten-second run-off. There will also be a minimum time to spike the ball. If there are three or more seconds left on the clock, they are allowed to spike the ball. If the clock reads two seconds or one second, then there will be time for only one play. You wouldn't want that one play to be spiking the ball."
Different vibe surrounding LSU
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT PENALTY
Shaw explanation: "We always had a rule that if you get two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls in a game, you're ejected from the game. Even if you have two guys chicken fighting and offsetting fouls, that will count as an unsportsmanlike penalty for both players. So, if they do it again, they would be ejected from the game."
BLOCKING BELOW THE WAIST
Shaw explanation: "Blocking below the waist has been redefined completely. To block below the waist, you have to do it from the front. We're defining that on a watch hand as between 10:00 and 2:00."
PLAYER LOSING HELMET
Shaw explanation: "Last year, the player had to go out of the game if his helmet came off. Now, if a team has a timeout, they can take the timeout and get the player back in the game."
Shaw explanation: "Two players in the same position can't wear the same number."
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