After Ole Miss beat No. 1 Alabama at home on Saturday, thousands of Rebels fans rushed the field and tore down the goal posts, later marching them through the streets of Oxford.
Now the school has to pay $22,000 to replace the goal posts before its next home game on Oct. 18. They also have to pay a $50,000 fine to the SEC for rushing the field and another $3,000 in miscellaneous stadium repairs. For non-math majors, that's a total of $75,000.
Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork says the school "will gladly pay these expenses" (because a win over Alabama is worth way more than $75,000), but fans asked if there was a way they could help offset the costs. So the school set up a donation page, which as of 5:20 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday has raised $54,138, or 72 percent of the total cost.
The school recovered an 18-foot section of the goal post, Bjork told the Clarion-Ledger, and donors who give $500 will get a three-inch piece (or $1,000 for a six-inch piece).
Sounds like it all worked out in the end.
- Dan Gartland