BYU football: Clanging of cowbells a longstanding tradition at Mississippi State

12 Oct , 2017 Sports

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Welcome to Cowbell Country.

When BYU visits Mississippi State Saturday, there will be a bucolic-themed soundtrack at Davis Wade Stadium.

That would be the clanging of cowbells. Thousands of them.

These cowbells, which can be purchased at, are maroon and white and have bicycle-grip handles.

And Bulldog fans love ringing them throughout the game.

“We’re going into a hostile environment with a lot of cowbells and stuff,” said BYU coach Kalani Sitake.

Cowbells are a longstanding tradition at Mississippi State.

The exact origin of the cowbell is unclear, but according to the school, a popular legend is that between the late 1930s and early 1940s, a jersey cow wandered onto the field during a game between MSU and archrival Ole Miss. The Bulldogs won handily and Mississippi State fans believed the appearance of the cow was a sign and began bringing a cow to games.

Eventually, instead of a cow, they just started bringing cowbells instead.

By the 1950s, cowbells were common at MSU games and they became a fixture in the 1960s when two professors convinced students to weld handles to the bells.

These days, a wide variety of cowbells can be found all over Starkville, on campus, in homes and at businesses.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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