Mississippi State Bulldogs - Traditions


The school colors are maroon and white. The Bulldog became Mississippi State's official mascot in 1961. The mascot is lovingly named "Bully." Past mascots have been the Aggies and the Maroons.

Cow bells are a significant part of any Mississippi State University experience. The tradition began after a jersey cow wandered on to the football field in the early 1900s, disrupting a game. Subsequently, State won the football game, and the cow became a symbol of good luck. Eventually, the cow was replaced with just the cow's bell. Handles were welded onto the bells to ease ringing, and cowbells are now manufactured and sold specifically as athletic noisemakers. Clanging cowbells rung by many of the State fans is a part of the tradition of MSU football games, despite the Southeastern Conference's banning of "artificial noise-makers, which was lifted at the beginning of the 2010 season. Ringing of cow bells is now permitted at designated times such as halftime, time-outs, and after touchdowns. "

The school's fight song is "Hail State," which is played by the Famous Maroon Band.

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