SEC home teams could get a boost this season with an added flavor of louder music in between plays with an effort to pump up the crowd.
Georgia AD Greg McGarity said the SEC would relax its rules on playing music in between plays, much like the ACC already does now. The Clemson trip must have been an eye-opener for McGarity, according to Athens Banner-Herald.
“If you need to get people revved up for a big third-down play, you can do that,” McGarity said. “You could always do it with your band, but now you can do it any way you want to. You still have to stop once the quarterback gets over the ball, gets under the center or in the shotgun.”
“They were able to do things in the ACC that we were not in the SEC,” McGarity said. “The rules have changed now for 2014 where we’re able to utilize songs and music up until the point when the quarterback gets over the ball. That’s a big change in the in-game atmosphere.
“Those of us who saw what it did at Clemson, it energized their fan base with certain songs.”
In the past, SEC home teams could not play loud music in between plays; only the band could play. Now, that looks like it has changed, and it’s all in an effort to help combat declining attendance and give fans a better in-game atmosphere. The music must stop when the quarterback gets over the ball – that hasn’t changed. But along with intense crowd noise, music has been added to the home team’s repertoire.
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Of course, the younger generation of fans will enjoy louder rap and rock music, but how will that affect the traditionalists and the older generation of fans? The likelihood isn’t much, considering they’ve most likely had season tickets for a very long time and won’t give those up.
My question is that if the SEC is going to be more relaxed on in-game sound and music, does that move the line of artificial noisemakers any, a la cowbells at Mississippi State? Currently, cowbells are only allowed to ring during pregame and timeouts, at halftime and after a Bulldogs’ score.
I’m interested to hear more about this rule, and I’m sure there will be discussions about it in the spring meetings and at SEC Media Days.
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