After 36 years of being banned, the SEC made a compromise with Mississippi State this summer, allowing cowbells inside Davis Wade Stadium as long as they weren’t used during game action. Not surprisingly, it didn’t work and Mississippi State is now facing some serious consequences. The SEC said yesterday that they fine the school at the end of the season for allowing students to ring their cowbells during game action and will put them on a probation period beginning with Saturday’s game with Kentucky. If they can obey the rules laid out this summer in their two remaining games, they will be allowed next season. If not, then the incredibly effective ban will return and they will have to move their push pin two spaces on the discipline wall. Athletic director Scott Stricklin – a former UK man – said it was “critical” for fans to prove they can “handle this opportunity responsibly”. In preparation of fewer cowbells, Starkville has employed more security for Saturday’s game as MSU fans will likel be unable to find their girlfriends and wives.