Reactions to the Targeting Call and Non-Call That Affected Michigan at ND

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Reactions to the Targeting Call and Non-Call That Affected Michigan at ND

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Reactions to the Targeting Call and Non-Call That Affected Michigan at ND

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan strong safety Josh Metellus was ejected on Notre Dame’s first drive for targeting, but that play was somewhat negligible, given Metellus’ trajectory and how he somewhat bumped him with the side of his helmet, but leading with his shoulder.

Based off the clip above, you can be the judge — but Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t seem to think that the refs had that play right. If nothing else, he thought it was borderline.

“I don’t know if it was the right call,” Harbaugh said on Monday at his weekly press conference. “It was close. It was one of those very close plays.”

But that wasn’t the only controversial play of that nature. Later in the game, it was more about what the refs didn’t call, however.

Michigan tight end Sean McKeon had a catch and was absolutely lit up by Notre Dame safety Jalen Elliott.

The hit coming was obvious enough that the crowd in Notre Dame Stadium started oooh-ing before it actually even happened.

Despite McKeon’s Twitter response, “Guess this isn’t targeting tho? Lol,” on Monday, he deferred, saying that the referees have a better understanding of the calls than he does.

Perhaps in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way.

“I don’t know,” McKeon said. “I’m not a ref, so I’m not going to say anything else about that. But it was a good hit by him. Good hit. Good play.”

The one thing we probably can all agree on is this: no one really knows what targeting really is. Given the two examples above, your guess is as good as McKeon’s.

“I’m not a referee, but I do know that if it’s head-to-head contact, it’s targeting against a (defenseless) receiver,” he said. “Obviously, it’s up for interpretation on the ref.”

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