Mississippi State to attempt world record for simultaneous cow bell ringing

Mississippi State fans ring cowbells during a fan fest before the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Mississippi State fans ring cowbells during a fan fest before the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Mississippi State wants its “Cowbell Yell” football pep rally to be known around the world.

The school said in a release that it hopes to set a new Guinness World Records title for “most people ringing cowbells simultaneously.” Seriously.

The event begins at 9 p.m. Thursday night at Davis Wade Stadium and attending fans will be divided into “Cowbells Required” (for those who brought cowbells) and “No Cowbell” sections (for those who didn’t).

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JoJo Dodd, MSU’s student association president, said that Steve Brandon, a two-time MSU graduate and former student association senator, is the “visionary” behind the World Record attempt.

“I hope to see everyone there, cowbell in hand, to make history for our university,” Dodd said. “It’s going to be an incredible experience for all in attendance as we kick off football season. Mr. Steve Brandon is really the visionary behind this attempt. Without his efforts in fundraising and hand in organizing, the logistics of this would not be possible.”

According to the school, MSU fans need to “beat the current record for largest cowbell ensemble” in order to set the record.

It shouldn’t be too difficult to get the job done. From a school release:

While there is no current record holder in this category, in order to set the record, MSU’s number must beat the current record for largest cowbell ensemble. The Associated Press reported on Aug. 1 that more than 1,000 people rang cowbells at a running race in Royal Oak, Michigan, but this record has yet to be verified. According to GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, the current record for largest cowbell ensemble is a gathering of 640 people in Switzerland on Sept. 6, 2009.

The pep rally is in advance of the Bulldogs’ home opener against LSU on Saturday.

“So much of our success as a department is because of the outstanding fan and student support our teams receive,” MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin said. “Students have taken great ownership in making the special atmosphere that now exists at Davis Wade and have created an incredible home field advantage, while remaining focused on honoring our tradition by respecting the bell. This event provides a great opportunity for our fans and students to prepare for another exciting home season.”

The Bulldogs opened their season with a 34-16 win over Southern Miss over the weekend.

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