Posted by Tom Fornelli
The fine folks of Starkville, Mississippi have had that fever for a long time as well. One they've only been able to cure through the mysterious healing powers of the cowbell, but now it seems that the SEC wants the afflicted fans of Mississippi State to either die of this fever, or just die broke. You see, the SEC placed restrictions on when Mississippi State fans can medicate themselves during a football game over the summer.
Before the game, after the game, and during timeouts are permissible.
Of course, for those who have needed the cowbell to soothe their soul over the years, it's hard to place such limitations on healing. Which is fine, according to the SEC. Fans can use their cowbells whenever they like, it's just going to cost you a hell of a lot of money. Well, not you, but the school.
The SEC has let Mississippi State know that the school has violated these cowbell rules, and that they plan on fining the school for each violation at the end of the year. Those violations cost $5,000 for the first offense, $25,000 for the second and $50,000 for the third and any violation after that. Which, over an eight-game conference schedule that includes four games, would end up costing the school $130,000 should Mississippi State be found to have violated the rules in each home game.
Along with the fines, the SEC is considering just abandoning the new "Cowbell Rules" and just banning them once again. Which may be the best route for Mississippi State fans to take, actually. After all, having the cowbells banned before never stopped fans from ringing them.