University of South Carolina fined $25,000 after students storm court
The University of South Carolina has been fined $25,000 by the SEC after its student section stormed the court following the Gamecocks' 72-67 victory over No. 17 Kentucky on Saturday.
The fine comes for the school's violation of a conference rule against students coming onto the court. It was South Carolina's first win over Kentucky since 2010.
Dating back to December of 2004, the SEC remains the only conference in college basketball with a tiered fining system in place for its schools that break protocol against court storming ... A first-time violation is $5,000, with a second breaking of the rule upping to $25,000 and a third/all ensuing offenses equaling a $50,000 punishment against the school.
South Carolina's next contest is against No. 1 Florida on Tuesday.
The school's president admitted he also took part in the celebration.
USC President Harris Pastides on the UK court storm: "Once I realized I was paying [the fine] anyway, I ran down … I enjoyed every dollar."
— Thad Moore (@thadmoore) March 3, 2014