One of the greatest accomplishments in human history took place 50 years ago as we celebrate the inception of the Apollo program and the first time anyone set foot on the moon. We pay tribute to the teams it took to get us there, the program that was started seven years before that planned it all, the men and women that were involved, and above all else the mentality that the accomplishment instilled in every single American. The famous speech made by the late John F. Kennedy, delivered in Rice Stadium on the 12th of September in 1962, made waves for the rebirth of the great American pioneer mentality of reaching a frontier and conquering audacious goals. "But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal?", JFK remarked, "Why does Rice play Texas?", he uttered.
The present track record between such a massive school and a smaller competitor would be one that you would expect; only reinforcing the head scratching question that JFK uttered decades ago in Rice's coliseum. The answer to these questions couldn't be simpler, yet so profound:
"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."
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HOUSTON – Getting flagged for targeting won't mean an automatic ejection anymore in Texas high school football.
Heading into the 2019 season, the UIL has added a wrinkle to the targeting rule where referees will have the option to flag a player for targeting, which will result in a 15-yard penalty but not an automatic ejection if it is deemed that the play was made without "intent to harm".
"What coaches, officials and we all agree on is that by having that differentiation you will see officials be more comfortable calling targeting," UIL Director of Athletics Dr. Susan Elza said. "What we found in feedback we got from coaches and officials was there were times that it was probably targeting but I'm not sure. But if I throw this flag and call it that kid's out for the rest of the game. If it's early in the first quarter, that's a big deal. So, they were keeping the flag in their pocket, they were going to make absolute sure it was targeting."
Last season if a player was flagged for targeting he was then ejected for the remainder of the game. Now, officials will have an option.
If it is deemed that the player did not have "intent to harm" on the play, then they can stay in the game but if they get a second targeting penalty of that sort they are then ejected.
"TASO football is very excited about this," Elza said. "They think it's going to make it a lot easier on the officials to feel comfortable making that call."
The biggest difference between the UIL and NCAA version of the rules is at the high school level, referees do not have the option to review the play with video. It is a call they must make on the field without that technology.
In the 2018 UIL State Football Championship games instant replay was utilized for the first time, which is still the only games that will have instant replay. The one thing that was not reviewable last season was targeting.
"This year we are modifying it to [the NCAA] criteria," Elza said. "So, it will be reviewed in the booth this year because of that criteria. It makes sense to add it back now."