Southeastern Conference athletics directors and presidents, meeting in Destin, Fla., have approved a one-year test that will permit Mississippi State football fans to bring their beloved cowbells into Davis-Wade Stadium on game days.
The compromise, spearheaded by new MSU AD Scott Stricklin at this week’s annual SEC spring meetings, will permit cowbells to be rung:
– During pregame activities
– During timeouts
– At halftime
– After Mississippi State scores
“I’m very pleased that we were able to strike a compromise,” MSU president Dr. Mark Keenum said after the meeting. “And I’m very proud of how our new AD handled this issue.”
In 1974, the SEC passed a rule forbidding artificial noisemakers, but it’s never had any teeth.
There were concerns the league was planning to beef up its ban on noisemakers for the 2010 season. “We were in a situation that called from some ingenuity and creativity,” Stricklin said.
Mississippi State will be subject to fines from the SEC office for failing to live up to the agreement reached on Friday. That could, in turn, imperil any effort at the 2011 SEC meeting to make the policy permanent.
Expect to hear a lot of this slogan: “Ring responsibly.”
“I can see it on a T-shirt,” said Stricklin. “We want this to be a fun thing.”
Early reaction from Bulldogs Nation seems positive.
“That’s probably the best compromise that we could reach,” said Tupelo businessman Rick Faucette. “It’s refreshing to have an AD and university president who understand how important the cowbell tradition is to our community.”
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