Mississippi State was fined $25,000 on Friday for wrongful use of the cowbell (artificial noisemaker). We are now on the second level of fines ($5, $25, #25). Also of note, Ole Miss was fined $25K as well for running on the field again (vs. LSU).
It’s not clear as to whether the fine was a cumulative one from the entire season or if it was just one game. It seems that it was probably just one game as that would be more in line with the policy. And undoubtedly it is sour grapes from OM. But hey, if we have to pay $25K to ring cowbells in the Battle for the Golden Egg, I’ll take it.
Probably the worst part of this fine is that the SEC will re-evaluate whether or not we should be allowed to bring cowbells to games, and ring them “responsibly”. That is up in the air until a final decision is made – most likely in May at the SEC meetings.
In a season that included home games with LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss, I am impressed we only got what amounted to one fine. When you bring in 55,000+ fans to a stadium, 60% with cowbell in hand, and we only get one fine? That’s pretty incredible really. Eventually the better we get, the more close games we are in, the more likely the “cowbell compromise” will be taken away. When that day happens we’ll all be upset, but this rule has allowed us to re-energize the tradition and the cowbell will always be around….they’ll have to pry it from our cold, dead fingers.