No Artificial Noise Makers Allowed Into SEC Stadiums
Mississippi State University is the only school in the SEC that is allowed to bring artificial noise makers (cowbells) into their stadium. While they are told and instructed to not ring the cowbells during gameplay, this is not the case. This petition is to make it illegal for Mississippi State University to bring cowbells into their stadiums. It is unrealistic to simply allow the noise makers to come into the stadium and expect the fans not to ring them on major plays throughout the game. I recently attended the Mississippi State, Auburn University football game and while the big screens on both ends of the field constantly reminded fans "no cowbell just yell" fans continued to ring their bells on detrimental plays throughout the entire game. It is simply unfair when no other school is using artificial noise makers during gameplay. Tradition or not Mississippi State needs to be held to the same standards as every other school in the South Eastern Conference. This petition will not exclude any team in the South Eastern Conference, fair is fair. To believe 60,000 fans, with a percentage of that influenced by alcohol will adhere to the rules because you put something on the jumbo-tron is outrageous. Ban noise makers in all stadiums.
After 36 years of being banned from athletic competition at Mississippi State, our SEC colleagues agreed in 2010 to a compromise, approving a one-year trial use of cowbells in acknowledgement of our tradition. In 2011, the conference agreed to extend the trial and our fans passed with flying colors. Since then, we have continued to do a great job in this stead.
We know you want to keep cowbells in Davis Wade Stadium. We've shown great progress in proving we can ring responsibly. We're proud of the fans that showed their dedication to work within the rules to protect our tradition. It has sent a strong message to the other 13 schools in the SEC, a message that our people could work within the rules.
Cowbell etiquette, Bulldog style.
When the SEC included our traditional symbol in its institutional sound policy, we had a clear road map of when cowbells could be rung. Because of the great job our fan base has done, the rules regarding when cowbells can be used became even more lenient in 2014.