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STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State University spent the morning cleaning up two of their fountains after someone dyed them red.

The Edmon Low Library and Wes Watkins Center fountains were both vandalized.

Students suspect Missouri State University fans may be to blame.

Whoever dyed the fountains used latex paint, according to University Concierge Matt Fletcher.

The Edmon Low Library fountain was drained, but officials are unsure of the damage or when it will be filled again.

University officials say the Wes Watkins Center fountain was cleaned and is back to normal.

"Dying it orange is an OSU tradition so it was kind of shocking to get on Twitter and social media and to see that someone messed with our tradition," said Coley Ralston, an OSU student.

Matt Fletcher's tweet got more than 700 re-tweets and says most people on campus are saying, "It's got to be Missouri State fans or maybe it was OU fans. No one knows."

Another theory is a case of self-sabotage.

Students say an OSU student could be using reverse psychology to motivate Cowboys players.

"I would hope if it was an OSU student, they'd be smart enough to use dye instead of paint," said Fletcher.

The fountains were drained and scrubbed clean.

OSU officials say the damage doesn't appear to be anything significant but students are fired up.

"We're just going to vandalize [Missouri State] on the field," said Madeline Wisecarver.

In the meantime, officials say there are plans to install new security cameras at that location.

If you have information on the fountain folly, call campus police.

Oklahoma State University is opening its home football season at Boone Pickens Stadium this Saturday, Sept. 6, at 2:30 p.m. against Missouri State University.



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