Mississippi State has urged its fans to ‘ring responsibly’ when it comes to clanging its cowbells during football games.
The Southeastern Conference felt the message fell on deaf ears handing down a $25,000 fine to the Bulldogs athletic department on Friday.
“By virtue of the current legislation, the conference has recognized this long-standing tradition at Mississippi State,” said SEC commissioner Mike Slive. “It should be noted, however, that continued violation of the policy could lead not only to substantially higher financial penalties for the institution, but also to a review of the existing legislation concerning artificial noisemakers.”
It was MSU second violation of the artificial noisemaker policy. The Bulldogs were fined $5,000 following the 2010 season. A third offense or any subsequent thereafter could face a fine up to $50,000.
“The cowbell is obviously one of our most cherished traditions here at Mississippi State,” said MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin. “Our fans have done a great job in following our guidelines in adhering to the SEC policies related to artificial noisemakers the last couple of years but we must remain diligent in this matter and not allow lapses to occur in the future.”