The NCAA Football Rules Committee, meeting in Indianapolis, unanimously voted in favor of a proposed rule change that would eject any player who targets and contacts a defenseless opponent above the shoulders with a hit.
In addition to the automatic ejection, the offending team would also be assessed a 15-yard penalty. The proposal will go before the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on March 6.
In other college football news:
* Samuel Jergens, one of two students who was allegedly attacked by four Alabama football players, says he still loves the school and will remain a big Crimson Tide fan. "This was just a matter of chance," Jergens told the Crimson White, the student newspaper. "I'm still gonna love Alabama football. I just want to deal with this case, move on with my life. I just want to get on with my education. I want to continue being happy here. I was happy here before, and I will continue being happy here." Alabama players Eddie Williams, D.J. Pettway, Tyler Hayes and Brent Calloway were arrested Monday after the attack on Jergens and another attack on wallet theft from another Alabama student. All four players were suspended from the team on Tuesday by coach Nick Saban.
* Big Ten teams are moving toward dropping FCS teams from their future schedules. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez told WIBA-AM in Madison that conference coaches and athletic directors have agreed to stop scheduling games against teams in the lower division. Because of existing agreements that run for the next three seasons, it's likely the new policy won't take effect until 2016.