Clemson lost linebacker James Skalski to a targeting ejection in the third quarter of Monday night's College Football Playoff championship game against LSU.
Skalski lowered his head and hit LSU receiver Justin Jefferson with the crown of his helmet after Jefferson caught a pass from Joe Burrow.
Clemson's James Skalski was ejected for targeting on this play.— Sporting News (@sportingnews) January 14, 2020
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The Pac-12 officiating crew working the game stopped play to review the play, ejecting Skalski after a video review.
Skalski, a junior, was one of Clemson's most active defenders while he was on the field, registering four tackles (three solo) and a sack.
Targeting is college football's most controversial rule, and the Skalski call produced a strong — and in many cases negative — reaction from players past and present, including an NFL MVP and a Pro Football Hall of Famer:
Please do not call this targeting— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) January 14, 2020
Can we change the targeting rule? This is the damn National Championship. Throw a flag but too eject him? Hate this rule. Bad for CFB!— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) January 14, 2020
Can we PLEASE get a “Targeting 1” and “Targeting 2” system? Or Targeting yellow and red cards?— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) January 14, 2020
I want players to be safe … but it’s one thing to have incidental targeting and another for a player to go head hunting https://t.co/3cHdGtTaeR
Are they reviewing targeting? 47 is gone, watch— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) January 14, 2020
Targeting is an awful rule.— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) January 14, 2020
I couldn’t play college football these days, I’ll be out for targeting for sure.— Major Wright (@LilMade21) January 14, 2020