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SEC Deciding On Cowbell Fines For MSU

Last spring, the SEC allowed Missisippi State fans to keep their cowbells… so long as those fans followed some league-crafted guidelines on when the bells could be used.

As expected, MSU fans ignored the rules and rang their bells during play in order to ramp up noise when the Dogs’ opponents had the football.  For that reason, Mike Slive was forced to make a new threat, warning that the bells might be outlawed altogether in 2011 if things weren’t corrected.  Only when daddy threatened to take away their toys did State fans begin to ring wisely.

As a result, athletic director Scott Stricklin said that he was told by Slive that MSU fans had showed “marked improvement” in cowbell usage in November.  Huzzah!

But Slive is still reviewing the violations from the first part of the season in order to determine what type of fine State will be handed.  According to last spring’s plan, MSU was to be penalized $5,000 for a first offense, $25,000 for a second violation, and $50,000 for a third infraction.

According to The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Slive is expected to hand down the fines before the end of the month.



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