Ole Miss, Kentucky fined for fans rushing the field

Monday October 6th, 2014

The Southeastern Conference fined Kentucky and Ole Miss for violations of the field access policy after victories last weekend, the conference announced.

Kentucky beat South Carolina 45-38 after trailing by 14 points in the fourth quarter and Ole Miss beat second-ranked Alabama 23-17 on Saturday and their fans rushed the field after the victories.  The conference fined Ole Miss $50,000 and Kentucky $25,000.

For Ole Miss, they are a repeat violator of the conference rule of fans rushing the playing field. Fans also did it after victories over Mississippi State in 2012 and LSU last season.

Kentucky was fined in 2006 and 2007 for breaking the field access rule, but only got a $25,000 fine because its last offense was more than three years ago.

“Saturday’s games were filled with excitement and celebration for a number of schools across the SEC last weekend, but significant risk of injury for student-athletes and fans alike can result from incidents such as these,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said. “Health and safety will always be a top priority at SEC athletic events.”

The conference can impose fines from $5,000 for a first offense to fines of up to $25,000 for a second offense and up to $50,000 for a third and subsequent offenses.

The victory over Alabama vaulted Ole Miss to No. 3 in this week’s Associated Press rankings. The Rebels play at Texas A&M on Saturday. Kentucky won consecutive SEC games for the first time in five seasons. The Wildcats play UL Monroe next weekend before traveling to LSU on Oct. 18. 

- Scooby Axson

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