The SEC's decision to allow Mississippi State to bring in cowbells at "appropriate times" was a great attempt to allow a team to have show their individualism and tradition. Unfortunately Mississippi State fans are going to blow it by returning the favor with a blatant disregard of the rules set by the SEC. Those simple rules as defined by the SEC allow the cowbells to be used at appropriate times, which are:
"pregame, halftime, between quarters, timeouts, after scores and during possession changes"
The audio and video shows that the cowbells have been ringing the entire game or at least the entire time Auburn was on offense. So you can go ahead and ring up the first fine for MSU $5,000. Next home game will be $25,000, then $50,000. The fine is capped at $50k. After each game the visiting team will be surveyed to see if they felt the cowbells were used inappropriately. Next year the SEC will re-evaluate the policy and when MSU is deemed to have been in out of compliance they will ban the cowbells forever. I can guarantee you the cowbells will not see another year in Starkville, MS.
I love college traditions like the cowbell at Mississippi State and it will be a shame to see them go but they SHOULD and Mississippi State fans will only have themselves to blame.
I'm trying to figure out if Mississippi State fans don't care about the rules, are trying to use the bells for an advantage, are just plain stupid or all three. Either way you slice it if you need an artificial noise maker to get home field advantage then you are just weak. Yell and scream your lungs out like every other team and keep your tradition. But if you are so dumb as to waive your cowbells in the face of Mike Slive and the SEC then expect the penalties to be severe. Next year not only will the SEC ban cowbells they will also reinstate the rule that will allow the referee's to throw penalties on MSU for use of the outlawed cowbells. Ultimately this will cause a crackdown on the cowbells at the gates and a hurting on the tradition. Don't believe me? Wait til next year and we'll see but don't say I didn't warn you.
Cowbells here today,gone forever thx to dumb fans
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:21 am