Pruitt asks for 'common ground' in defining targeting calls

Pruitt asks for 'common ground' in defining targeting calls

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Pruitt asks for 'common ground' in defining targeting calls

KNOXVILLE — During the first half of Tennessee’s 14-3 win over Charlotte, freshman defensive back Alontae Taylor was disqualified from the game after being called for targeting.

After the game, Jeremy Pruitt discussed the targeting call.

Pruitt said that he realizes “officials have a tough job” and that he had not watched the replay of the targeting call when he met with media postgame.

“I’ve not seen the play, and I have no idea if it was targeting or if it wasn’t,” he said. “I obviously don’t know what targeting is, because I watched two games before I came over here, and they threw targeting fouls and once they replayed them, they weren’t targeting fouls. I would’ve said both of them were, so I obviously don’t know.

“I don’t think anybody does to tell you the truth. So, I think we have to come to a common ground as coaches, officials and everybody involved, because we all want the same thing — we want to protect our game, and we want to protect our players. That’s what we’re trying to do, and that’s what the rule is for. I just want to coach it the right way, and I hate that guys have to suffer, maybe by poor technique.”

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