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Ole Miss fans react to Grove threat

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) — Every year, Ole Miss and Mississippi State fans watch their rivalry play out on the field for the Egg Bowl.

As this year's Egg Bowl approaches, fans are getting pumped for the big game.

"Oh! This is the best game of the whole year because we're going to win!" Ole Miss fan Debby Seale said.

Ole Miss has already started prepping the Grove for Saturday's game, but before fans can head to the stadium, law enforcement has a possible threat to address.

"Yes, we want to win, and yes, they want to win," Ole Miss fan Jennifer Mannon said. "That should be the end of it right there. The school from the south does not need to bother the school from the north."

Campus police said they received a note saying, "A lot of shrubs and trees are going to die; especially in the Grove."

That note was also signed "Hail State."

Campus police turned that note over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Wednesday.
 
The agency is now investigating that matter.

"It'd be bigger than a prank," Ole Miss student Dion Kevin said. "It would definitely be an attack on Ole Miss for something because of football."

Law enforcement will be adding extra security for game day around the Grove and the stadium to protect fans and the campus.

"It already is heavily secure, yes, but I think they will cover the grounds even more so now," Seale said.

In light of the threat, athletic directors from Mississippi State and Ole Miss issued a joint statement late Wednesday evening asking all fans to be respectful and to show good sportsmanship.

"It shouldn't come down to anything other than school spirit and maybe some arguments over football," Kevin said.

The campus police wants all fans to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity near the Grove or the stadium the next couple of days.





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