Though another battle for the Golden Egg will take place Saturday in Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium in Oxford, ole Miss is taking steps to stop the cowbell banging fans from Mississippi State from bringing their cowbells to the Egg Bowl.
Getting the cowbell past security and into Vaught-Hemmingway may be hard. If you do get that cowbell past security, they are asking Ole Miss fans to do their part to stop the clanging of the cowbells.
Lance Lucovich, president of the DeSoto County Mississippi State Alumni Association, has been warming up banging his cowbell in advance of Saturday's game.
"Most Mississippi State fans realize that when they go to a visiting stadium that cowbells are going to be prohibited," he said. "They have for years, and most find a way to get them in."
The school sent out a statement saying that cowbells are "strictly prohibited" from the stadium during the annual football game between the' Rebels and Bulldogs, citing the Southeastern Conference's artificial noisemaker policy.
Bulldog fans everywhere have issued a statement basically saying, "WHO CARES!, we are going to try to bring the cowbells anyway.
"Anytime you have something that is prohibited, people are going to try to find a way to do it," Lucovich said. "There will be a situation that it has been in the public, it has been in the media, and I think it will make people look for ways to get them in there just to spite them."
As for the cowbell contraband, there are plenty of ways to sneak a cowbell into a football game. To counter that, Ole Miss has even set up a cowbell hotline of sorts to combat the cowbell banging in the stadium. A simple text message will have the offending cowbell wielding Bulldog promptly dealt with.
The statement says fans who see cowbells inside the stadium can send a text message to 69050 and write "Rebs cowbell (insert section and row)".
"Well the thing is, most of the time the visiting team sits in one complete section," Lucovich said. "So, I don't know? Will they text the entire section and have them all removed from the stadium?"
Stadium gates will open at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday for the 6 p.m. game. Fans who do have cowbells will be asked to take them back to their cars before entering the stadium.
Mississippi State has won three straight Egg Bowls dating back to 2009.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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