Ring my bell.

So the SEC announces its grand compromise with Mississippi State on the cowbell front.

“(The modification is) recognizing the tradition at Mississippi State,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said. “We’ll provide the opportunity of the use of cowbells at Mississippi State so long as they’re used at the appropriate times.”

Those appropriate times will be pregame, halftime, between quarters, timeouts, after scores and during possession changes — basically, whenever music can be played over the speakers. The rule is specific to schools with traditional artificial noisemakers and will only be in place at that school’s home venue — essentially, Mississippi State only.

Failure to comply could expose the school to fines from the conference.  Judging from the comment thread to the linked article, that increase in SEC revenue is going to come in handy.


Filed under SEC Football

10 responses to “Ring my bell.

  1. Tempting. Yet still not enough to make me go back to Stillwater this fall and pick the flowers.


  2. Reptillicide

    And I’m betting this rule change also changes nothing about the cowbells at MSU. They will still be ringing them throughout the opposition’s entire offensive possession.


    • Macallanlover

      I feel this rule will actually give the refs more authority to enforce the rule as it can be easily linked to the enforcement of rules about when music can be played. MSU can no longer cry foul about being singled out and it will only take a few penalties to force their own fans to enforce the proper usage of cow bells, if there is indeed any proper usage.

      I support the league not specifically eliminating a MSU tradition and feel they made the right decision by making it fit into a game environment while eliminating the disruption. I also support Ward Eagle’s suggestion there be a ban on electronic music at games.


      • Mac, there’s no penalty the refs can call – the NCAA pulled that a couple of years ago. That’s why the conference has had such a hard time trying to figure out how to rein it in. And that’s why they’re talking fines now.


        • 69Dawg

          I thought the refs could call a penalty if the band, either one, played during a play. If they can’t call one why don’t the bands just play on during the plays???


          • Macallanlover

            Me too, but I am sure the Senator has information I don’t. I thought it would be either a Delay of Game, or Unsportmanlike on the home team after a warning. It would fall under the same penalty for interfering with the game if spectators didn’t keep the field clear.

            What is the purpose of a rule/law with no consequences? Falls into the same category as Intentional Grounding I guess, never understood that either.


  3. Ward Eagle

    As a product of the state of Mississippi and a hater of most things Mississippi State, I still think this is the dumbest rule ever.

    Maybe we should consider banning loud people (e.g., typical SPUAT fan “Ramp Lady(sic)”), applause, cheerleaders, etc.

    I’m willing to keep the no artificial noisemakers rule if we can agree that no stadium can play music electronically.


  4. RusDawg

    I want someone at MSU to have the cojones to play some BOC over the loudspeaker……


  5. Cojones

    You want to do what with me over the loudspeaker?

    Why don’t we all take cowbells to the game as well? I’ll bet the players would be happy to hear some clanging for them also. Just do it! And abide by the rules.


  6. JaxDawg

    Ahhh, Ring my Bell.

    Reminds me of the 2000 season with Kendrell “Ring my Bell” and the other 10 starters that all went to the Pro’s.