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Re: Update: State braced for Battle over the Cowbells
« Reply #550 on: September 14, 2017, 05:22:45 am »

Ross Dellenger‏Verified account @RossDellenger

State's cowbell tradition dates to the 1930s.

I have experience in writing about cowbells. A lot of experience.

Clang, clang! LSU's young, heavily flagged team preparing for Mississippi State's noisy tradition
Tigers practicing with cowbell noise this week, Ed Orgeron says

Danny Etling’s experience with cowbells is singular — a cowbell.

During youth football, one of his teammates’ mothers rang a cowbell during games. The teammate turned to Etling's rival when they attended different high schools — Etling to South Vigo High and his friend to North Vigo High, both in Terre Haute, Indiana.

That cowbell noise didn’t go away. She’d even bang on it the old-fashioned way, hitting it with a drumstick like the infamous "Saturday Night Live" clip...

The ringing of the cowbells — deemed by some as artificial noisemakers — is restricted by the Southeastern Conference. Fans are prohibited from ringing the bells “from the time the offensive center is over the football until the play is whistled dead,” the SEC rule reads.

Tigers have committed 10 pre-snap penalties in two friendly environments: the Superdome and Tiger Stadium. The list includes four offsides, three false starts, two illegal shifts and a delay of game. The offensive line has committed six of the 21 total flags thrown on the Tigers over the first two weeks.

Center Will Clapp and his crew will need to avoid the penalties, this week surrounded by 60,000-plus cowbell-toting fans.

“You’ve got to be loud and communicate, make sure they can read your lips,” Etling said. “I’ve got to be loud, and we’ll have to figure out cadences.”

The root of State's cowbell tradition dates to the 1930s, according to stories published in the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. The Bulldogs handily won a game against rival Ole Miss some 80 years ago after a jersey cow wandered onto the playing field. Students adopted the cow and cowbell as good-luck charms, the newspaper reported.

Cowbells were banned at State football games from 1974-2010, though that didn’t completely stop fans from ringing the noisemakers. That irritated opposing coaches and administrators, leading to the so-called “cowbell compromise” in 2011 among league members. School presidents voted for a change to the artificial noisemaker policy to allow cowbells to be rung at certain times.

Ring away, running back Derrius Guice said.
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