If you’ve got a fever, too freaking bad.
According to the boys over at the Associated Press, the SEC is ready, able and willing to “levy fines” against Mississippi State for violating the conference’s artificial noisemaker policy.
Since somewhere between 1930 and 1950 (the history books are a little dusty), Mississippi State fans have brought and used — at great length — their beloved cowbells during home football games.
The extent to which fans can use their artificial noisemaker, though, Will Likely change. The SEC is imposing a $5,000 fine for a first-time offense, a steep $25,000 for the second offense and a whopping $50,000 for the third. The fines will be levied on a per-game basis.
The Birmingham News also reports that Cowbells can be used before a game, at halftime, during timeouts and after scores. Using the cowbell during the game action — which Mississippi State fans have done for years as a school symbol — would constitute a penalty.
For years, the SEC has tried to pry the cowbells from Mississippi State’s cold, dead Kung Fu grip, but to no avail. Each and every Saturday, the cowbells can be heard in full force when an opposing team’s offense takes the field.
Look, we get it. If you allow one school to use artificial noise makers, you have to let everyone do it, but asking Bulldog fans to limit their cowbell usage to halftime, after touchdowns and the like is like asking Les Miles to think logically.
Can’t be done.
The SEC can say what they want, but one of two things is going to happen. Either Mississippi State fans oblige the request (unlikely), or cowbells will ultimately be banned altogether.
Yeah, good luck with that.