Whittingham calls targeting penalties a 'mystery' as Utes lose 2 players to the call

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  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 23, 2017 1:22 p.m.

    Go red illusion - anyone has the right to come on here and point out the obvious, that the little red engine that could never was as good as their fans thought they were, that those fantasies were only fueled by a 4-0 start against 4 patsies, that u are only 6 points better than the worst team in college football, that the pac is the worst P5 conference in college football and won't field a team worthy of the CFP...Well, you get the picture. No need to go on, but sure, 65TossPowerTrap has every right to judge anything crimson goggled he wants to.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Oct. 23, 2017 9:05 a.m.

    The real mystrery is why Whit kept a largely inept QB in the game after halftime.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Oct. 23, 2017 8:37 a.m.

    That first targeting call was questionable, but the second one was text book targeting.

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 5:54 p.m.

    In ten years, it'll be touch football, the way things are headed now! It's a contact sport, if you don't want to get hit or hurt, DON'T PLAY!!! WAY too many players are getting ejected. Two Stanford players were ejected at the Utah game in back to back plays. This is getting absolutely ridiculous. If they want to "protect" the player, lose the pads, and turn it into flag football.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 2:04 p.m.

    There are a lot of things that are mystery to Whit, like hiring a competent OC.

  • Ute buster Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 2:03 p.m.

    I guess Whit needs to watch the replay. It was clear targeting in both cases. When you teach that type of dirty play then I guess it would not be considered a penalty.

  • KimmyP Grantsville, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 1:38 p.m.

    It's great to see those like 65powderpuff have given up on the cougar season, so all of their attention is now focused on Big Brother.

    I've heard instead of playing rise and shout at future byu games, the band will now play, "thanks for the memories". πŸ˜‚

  • taylormade1 Springville, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 1:34 p.m.

    Not sure what Whitt is talking about because both plays were blatant Targeting . In fact the violator on the 2nd targeting call should sit several games ... That was nothing less than a cheap shot on a defenseless player ...

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 1:25 p.m.

    @gchris - really good points.

    About whether helmets have increased problems, it's hard to tell. President Teddy Roosevelt almost took steps to end football in the early 1900s, due to nearly 20 deaths on the field, one year, long before helmets. (Those couldn't have been good for ticket sales. Then again, public executions were pretty popular events. Different time.)

    The increased speed of the players, their size and sheer power have all made things more dangerous, too.

    I hope between rule changes and more cautious concussion protocols, they get a handle on the head injury issue, before the pool of young players dries up.

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 12:55 p.m.

    Nice excuse making Whitt. Maybe your attitude towards it is part of the problem. There was no question about either of them. It doesn't matter what the offensive players movement is, when a defender leads with his helmet it's targeting.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 11:44 a.m.

    If the call is a mystery, appeal the suspension. What's the worst that could happen? They're not going to pile on more time.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    Oct. 22, 2017 11:28 a.m.

    Whit: β€œThe penalty is a mystery to me,” he said. β€œI’m still not sure how to coach it.”

    Well if he would watch the replay tapes he might realize he is the only paid professional on the field who find the rule a "mystery." Unfortunately this is not a legal defense for his inability to coach it.

    Several commenters note the influx of JC transfers. This may help explain the lack of discipline and bad habits the young men bring to the program.

  • GoRed Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 8:14 a.m.


    Given your 1-7 start, including losing to a previously 1-6 team with the nation's worst defense, a BYU fan really has no right to judge anything Utes-related.

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    Oct. 22, 2017 7:32 a.m.

    Coaches of players who are called for targeting rarely admit the infraction because they and the players' previous coaches teach their players to "lead with a shoulder" while tackling. Helmet to helmet contact is bound to occur, sometimes incidentally. It will take a generation of coaches teaching new players methods of tackling without going head-first, where the helmet is regarded as a head protector and not a weapon. I sympathize with Whitt and other coaches who don't know, yet, how to teach those skills. BTW, It would be interesting to know how many concussions occur in Australian Rules Football and Rugby, where helmets aren't worn.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Oct. 22, 2017 12:53 a.m.

    Excuses - excuses.