LEXINGTON, Ky (WKYT) - Thursday night the football Wildcats take on Mississippi State, but they will also take on the thousands of MSU fans wielding college football's most annoying tradition, the cowbell!
From the Mississippi State football media guide: The most unique and certainly the most resounding symbol of Mississippi State University tradition is the cowbell. Despite decades of attempts by opponents and authorities to banish it from scenes of competition, diehard State fans still celebrate Bulldog victories loudly and proudly with the distinctive sound of ringing cowbells.
The precise origin of the cowbell as a fixture of Mississippi State sports tradition remains unclear to this day. The best records have cowbells gradually introduced to the MSU sports scene in the late 1930s and early 1940s, coinciding with the 'golden age' of Mississippi State football success
prior to World War II.