PITTSBURGH — Pitt starting safety Paris Ford will have to sit out of the first half this Friday in the Panthers’ game at Syracuse.
In the second half of Pitt’s win against Duke on Oct. 5, Ford was was ejected after a targeting foul after a helmet-to-helmet hit against a Duke wide receiver.
The play was controversial because of the way that the receiver lowered his head into where Ford was looking to make the tackle, but the play was upheld upon replay review.
Targeting penalties are automatically upheld, but there is no appeal process for the call of targeting in college football. Penalties in the first half of a game lead to a simple ejection. Penalties in the second half carry a one-half suspension over to the next game.
Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi, who obviously is not happy with the fact that Ford will be missing time on Friday, was asked on Monday if he believes that the NCAA should have an appeal process for targeting.
“I do,” Narduzzi said. “(Right now) the appeal process is when they go up to the box and look at it. Those guys make the decisions.”
Ford had 11 tackles, two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown prior to getting ejected against Duke.
With his absence in the first half against Syracuse, Narduzzi announced that Jazzee Stocker and Bricen Garner will handle Ford’s time at the safety position for the first half of Friday’s game.