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Cowbells Again The Hot Topic In Starkville

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of the cowbell saga in Starkville.

Last spring and summer, I defended State’s tradition, even though — unlike other traditions at other schools — it does impact the action on the field.  I supported the SEC’s decision to allow State to keep its bells if the school’s fans would simply stop using them to drown out opposing quarterbacks.

Of course, MSU fans wouldn’t play along.  So now I say yank the bells.  Sorry, but these same State fans would scream to high heaven if Kentucky fans were allowed to blow vuvuzelas before each and every Bulldog snap.  They would beg the league to intervene if Ole Miss had a tradition of smacking cymbals when their foes were on offense.

State fans had their chance to play nice.  They didn’t.  So tough noogies.

If someone is given a warning and he chooses to ignore it, then he’s earned his penalty.  Yank the bells.

State fans see it differently, of course.  According to Brandon Marcello of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Dan Mullen even tried to compare the cowbells to Ohio State’s Dotting-of-the-i tradition.  Uh, yeah, maybe if the OSU band ran onto the field and tried to dot the i while the Buckeyes’ opponent was on offense.

At least MSU’s coach tried to convince State students to “respect the bell” when he spoke before several hundred of them on Tuesday night. 

“We’ve got to do a good job of keeping within the conference rules that they’ve set up so we can keep one of college football’s great traditions.”

Sounds nice.  But when Kentucky is facing a third down in the first quarter on Saturday, you can bet the cowbells will start ringing.

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