Mississippi State fans won't be allowed to bring cowbells vs. Memphis at Liberty Bowl

Evan Barnes
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Mississippi State fans are notorious for ringing cowbells in the stands during games. But Memphis won't be hearing them.

A tweet from Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium's official account on Monday made clear that cowbells will not be allowed when the two football teams play Saturday (3 p.m., ESPN2). When a Memphis fan asked what the stadium's policy is on allowing cowbells, the Liberty Bowl account replied "Big Fat No."

Liberty Bowl general manager Thomas Carrier confirmed to The Commercial Appeal in a text that cowbells won't be permitted.

According to stadium policy, fans cannot bring "air horns or any other artificial noise makers other than those approved by the playing teams or their respective conferences."

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The lack of bells shouldn't change what should be a raucous atmosphere. The Tigers will host Mississippi State for the first time since 2011 and Mississippi State leads the all-time series 34-10.

Memphis last defeated Mississippi State in 1993 and haven't beaten the Bulldogs at home since 1988. The Tigers will also honor former player and Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Isaac Bruce at halftime.

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