Oklahoma State football: Paddle people told to quiet down before ball is snapped
One of Oklahoma State's biggest home-field advantages has taken a hit. OSU’s Paddle People no longer can bang their boards against the padded side walls of Boone Pickens Stadium, at least while the opposing offense is trying to function.
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Big 12 athletic directors passed a rule Wednesday that, effective immediately, prohibits artificial noise-makers at football games while the ball is in play or the offense is at the line of scrimmage.
The rule bans all artificial noise-makers in conference sponsored sports in which NCAA rules are silent. Existing in-stadium traditions – like the Paddle People or Texas Tech’s bell-ringing – falls under the “Band/Audio Play” provisions of the Big 12. Bands and in-house music are not allowed during game action or after the offense has reached the line of scrimmage.
The Big 12 has said officials have the discretion to call a 15-yard penalty if the rule is broken. OSU plays Texas at 6:50 p.m. Saturday in both teams’ Big 12 opener. The game will be televised on Fox (KOKH-25).
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