MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen on Monday downplayed the impact that the controversial new targeting rule will have on college football.
His players were taught the specifics of the rule by Big 12 Conference officials that were flown in for an afternoon presentation.
"I'm tired of talking about it. If you focus on it so much, and we curb their aggression, then I'm not going to be happy about it," said Holgorsen, whose team will don full pads today for the first time in camp. "It's football, it's supposed to be aggression and big hits.
"For safety reasons, I understand why the rule is out there and why we need to educate our players. We have to make sure that guys aren't trying to leave their feet and spear people in the head."
Targeting -- or taking aim at an opponent's head or neck -- will not only draw a 15-yard penalty this fall, but an ejection from the game. If the call is made in the second half, the penalized player will be disqualified for the first half of the next game.
"I don't think it will be as big of a deal as people believe it will be, much like the celebration rule was two years ago and the helmet rule last year," Holgorsen said. "Is it going to happen? I think so. In the grand scheme of things, it will probably happen a minimal amount. If it happens to a guy who is not a high-profile player, it won't be an issue. If it happens to a player like [safety] Karl Joseph in the second half against William & Mary [West Virginia's first game] and he's ejected, and then he can't play the first half against Oklahoma [in the second game of the season], people will make a big deal about it.
"We will do our best to educate them on the rule, but I don't think it will be that big of a deal this year."
Leadership 'a big issue'
If a record had been playing, it might have screeched to a halt when Holgorsen dropped this in his news conference: "We have to develop leaders. It was a big issue on last year's team, in a bad way."
Holgorsen said that while answering a routine question about finding leaders in camp, something he really never alluded to before about his 2012 team, which was 7-6.
He would not divulge anything more on the subject when asked a follow-up question.
"I don't want to expand on that. I've said before that we do not want to focus on 2012," Holgorsen said. "We have lessons that we can take from last year and use this year. There were examples of it throughout last year, with a variety of people. We can take those lessons as things we do not want to happen this year."
Caridi returns on radio
Tony Caridi will return as radio play-by-play announcer for West Virginia football and men's basketball games, IMG College and Mountaineer Sports Network announced.
Caridi, who has been doing play-by-play at West Virginia in some capacity since 1987, also will continue to be the host of the coaches' shows for each sport.
There was some concern among fans that Caridi might not be retained when West Virginia shopped the school's third-tier media rights. But he said he met with athletic director Oliver Luck fairly early in the process and felt confident things would work out.
"He said I'd love for you to have this job until you retire and I told him the same exact thing," Caridi said. "If I have the ability, Lord willing, to be healthy and stay healthy enough to do it I'd love to be able to."
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