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SEC will not make decision on field-storming fines until season ends

Thursday, December 5, 2013 | 12:31 p.m. CST; updated 5:28 a.m. CST, Friday, December 6, 2013

COLUMBIA — As MU and Auburn face off in Saturday's Southeastern Conference Championship game, both schools could face potential fines, according to SEC regulations.

MU and Auburn could each face a $5,000 institutional fine for rushing the field after their wins Nov. 30 against Texas A&M and Alabama, respectively.

The SEC will not make a decision about whether to fine the schools until after the season ends, said SEC Communications Director Chuck Dunlap in an email.

According to SEC rules, fans are not allowed to enter the competition area before, during or after an event. While violating the policy for the first time is a $5,000 fine, a second offense carries a $25,000 fine, and a third offense carries a $50,000 fine. The policy went into effect in 2004.

The policy against fans entering the field was developed for "the safety of participants and spectators alike," according to the regulations.

In November 2012, the SEC fined Ole Miss $5,000 for rushing the field after a football game against Mississippi State. Kentucky paid a $50,000 fine after violating the policy five times in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.


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