Bulldogs get more cowbell

The Southeastern Conference has relaxed its policy on artificial noisemakers.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The Southeastern Conference has relaxed its policy on artificial noisemakers. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Not only will Mississippi State fans have a newly renovated stadium in 2014, they will also get more cowbell.

The Southeastern Conference amended its artificial noisemaker policy during its annual meetings in Destin, Fla., on Friday which will allow Bulldog fans to clang a little longer.

Under the revised ruling “the use of institutionally-controlled, computerized sound systems (including music), institutionally-controlled artificial noisemakers, and traditional institutional noisemakers at any time, except from the time the offensive center is over the football until the play is whistled dead” will be permitted.

“This proposal will enhance the fan experience and provide institutions with the flexibility to appeal to their fans by the use of musical and institutionally-controlled noise,” the SEC said in a statement.

The use of artificial noisemakers was banned by the conference from 1974-2010. MSU fans have been allowed to bring in cowbells to Davis Wade Stadium for the past three seasons but were only permitted to ring them during pregame, halftime, after scores and postgame.

State was fined following the 2010 and 2013 seasons for violating this policy. The Bulldogs latest fine was $25,000 and could face up to a $50,000 penalty for a third offense.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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  • Southernfried

    Ring responsively; make noise with mouth, feet, hands, etc they are natural at all times; make it so opposing teams believe they are amoung a raging hord of slobbering bulldogs the biggest, baddest junkyard dogs on the planet and they would rather lose as to be driven insane by natural noise and responsible ringing of the cowbells. No one messes with us in OUR house on game day( even the number 1-10 teams in the enitire country. All 60,000+ seats filled, standing room only at capacity, and more tailgating outside. Bulldog player intimidate and so do the fans legally and with sportsmanship- psychos all. #HAILSTATE

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