NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The SEC released a two-paragraph statement during Saturday's game, in response to media inquiries after the ejection of Georgia defensive end Ray Drew for targeting.
Here is the statement in verbatim, including the capital letters:
"Rule 9-1-4. No player shall target and initiate CONTACT TO THE HEAD OR NECK area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow OR SHOULDER. By rule, when in question, it is a foul.
"Also note that a replay official must have indisputable video evidence that there was no such contact to overturn the call on the field."
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Georgia head coach Mark Richt declined after the game to comment specifically on the targeting calls, including the one in the fourth quarter against Ramik Wilson. But he did talk in general about his view on the targeting rule, and whether next year an overturn will not only overturn the ejection, but the 15-yard penalty:
"I think the issue with that is that there's never been a judgment call that's been reviewable on a penalty Is it pass interference, is it not. Is it this, is it that. And I think it would bog down the game, and I think everybody felt like it would bog down the game. And when you put this review on allowing a guy to come back in after he's ejected, I think they're really concerned by now all of a sudden you're gonna have a judgment call on a penalty reviewed, if you were to do that. I think that's why the rules committee chose not to do that.
"I'm sure a lot of people would say if you're reviewing it, why don't you go ahead and change the penalty if it were called incorrectly. And maybe you could just have it in that one case - we're talking about a safety rule - that might make sense. But I can understand why they didn't want to do it because they didn't want to open Pandora's Box on that. Because if you review that, then why don't you review pass interference, why don't you review all kinds of stuff like that. It would take too much time.
"But since they're reviewing it anyway, it might be one they might make an exception for in the future."