One of Baylor’s wide receivers, Corey Coleman, is suspended for the first half against Iowa State this Saturday after the Big 12 reviewed his controversial block.
Early in the second quarter against Kansas State last Saturday, Coleman rushed in to make a block against Kip Daily. No flags were thrown after the block. Walt Anderson, Big 12 Coordinator of Officials and guy that’s definitely won the hearts of Iowa State fans everywhere, ruled that a targeting foul should have been issued in a Big 12 review on Monday.
“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,” announced commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
Coleman has played in all five of Baylor’s games this season. He has eight catches for 160 yards and a touchdown.
Here’s a video of the hit:
This is a gif from imgur that features a better, slower view on the play:
If targeting is strictly helmet-to-helmet contact, this shouldn’t have been punished by rule. But that rule needs to change.
Coleman was clearly still targeting above the shoulders. Even if there is no helmet-to-helmet contact, aiming above the shoulders at someone should be a targeting call. That needs to be removed from the game to protect these players.
Baylor fans or anyone upset about this suspension needs to put their emotions aside and realize that an aggressive play like this from a freshman is a mistake that could have placed Daily in a hospital. This should be a learning experience for the young player.
Now if they only did the right thing and suspended Mike Davis after this cheap shot (H/T: SB Nation).