Mississippi State takes down Oxford billboard

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — Mississippi State has taken down a boisterous billboard that was erected in the hometown of its in-state rival.

The billboard, which was unveiled earlier this month close to the University of Mississippi’s campus in Oxford, says “Play With The Best” and features Mississippi State players holding the Egg Bowl trophy — which is given to the winner of the annual Mississippi State-Mississippi football game.

Mississippi State compliance director Bracky Brett said the NCAA did not order the school to take the billboard down. Brett said the billboard was taken down “as a precautionary measure to make sure we’re conducting ourselves within the rules.”

He said his office has not submitted any self-reported violations to the NCAA or Southeastern Conference, but the school would continue to look into the situation.