My, what a busy day in Destin, as the SEC school presidents voted on several big issues. The issue of greatest importance to Mississippi State fans was the renewal of the Cowbell Compromise of 2010 – and it passed, being extended for another year.
MSU president Mark Keenum declined to reveal the voting totals, but he told me that his fellow presidents gave "overwhelming support for the cowbell. I'm so proud of the commissioner and his leadership, all of my colleagues, for recognizing that our fans did do the right thing in the latter half of our season last year. It'll allow us to have another season to demonstrate we can comply with the rules with our valued tradition of the cowbell."
The Journal's Parrish Alford found out that the vote was 11-0, with Ole Miss' Dan Jones abstaining.
MSU will be fined $30,000 for not complying during the first two SEC home games last season, against Auburn and Georgia: $5,000 for the first offense, $25,000 for the second. The Bulldog faithful were in compliance the next two games (against Kentucky and Arkansas), and Keenum believes that will be the norm next season.
"That gave me the momentum I needed to demonstrate to my colleagues that we can comply with the rule," Keenum said. "There was a lot of doubt going into the season whether or not we could do this. Our fans showed that we could. That allowed me to make a compelling statement to my colleagues to allow us to have it for another season."
So take note, this is a one-year extension, which means it will be revisited next summer.
MSU issued statements from football coach Dan Mullen and athletics director Scott Stricklin.
• Mullen: "Our fans deserve a great deal of credit for their compliance with the compromise that was reached a year ago, and their actions allowed us to preserve this cherished tradition. We need to continue to ring responsibly to ensure the future of the cowbell is safe for years to come."
• Stricklin: "For their effort our fans are to be commended. However, as the fines we face this year demonstrate, there is still work to do."