COLUMBIA, Mo. -- In the second week of the college football season, the brand-new, beefed-up targeting penalty touched down in Columbia.
Rarely does a referee's little yellow flag cause such a commotion.
But it was really just a matter of time.
Here's what the hard lesson given to Missouri linebacker Andrew Wilson taught us all: Safer football is coming whether we like it or not. And whether you're a coach, a player or just a casual observer of the sport, getting used to this is going to take some time.
Targeting -- basically hitting a defenseless player in the head -- has been a penalty for five seasons. But new for 2013 is the NCAA's decision that an immediate ejection and a half-game suspension will also be issued to the player who hits too high and too hard. What used to be a forgettable 15-yard mistake can now change a game, potentially a season.
Sure, we all agree the most egregious hits should be eliminated. But we don't seem close to reaching an agreement on what crosses the...