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SEC may silence MSU cowbells

STARKVILLE — The Southeastern Conference is poised to levy fines against Mississippi State for violating the league’s noisemaker policy related to its tradition of ringing cowbells at games.

The issue was first addressed at the SEC’s summer meetings. The conference made a one-year rule allowing Mississippi State fans to ring cowbells – a proud symbol of the school – provided it was in dead ball situations like halftime, time outs and after touchdowns.

But cowbells are easily heard during games, especially when opponents are on offense. MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin said fans must cooperate or cowbells could be banned.

Stricklin told The Clarion-Ledger that the SEC is expected to levy financial penalties against MSU at the end of the year.

The fine structure penalizes MSU $5,000 for the first offense, $25,000 for the second offense and $50,000 for the third offense.

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