The Southeastern Conference has recently fined four different schools a total of $60,000, all for violating the league’s policies.
The two biggest fines handed out were both $25,000. They were “awarded” to Mississippi and Mississippi State. According to ESPN,
Mississippi State was fined for violating the league’s artificial noisemaker policy a second time. The school’s last violation was in 2010. Mississippi State fans have a tradition of bringing cowbells to games, which the league approved, as long as they are used only at approved times.
Ole Miss was fined for violating the league’s field access policy a second time. Fans rushed the field following the school’s 27-24 victory over LSU on Oct. 19. The school also violated the policy in 2012.
The other two fines given out were $5,000 each, and they went Auburn and Missouri.
Fans of both schools rushed the field after securing their respective division titles on Nov. 30. Auburn won the West Division by beating Alabama in the dramatic Iron Bowl 34-28, while Missouri won the East by beating Texas A&M 28-21.
It’s an obvious safety concern for fans to be rushing out on the field; it’s a liability of sorts. However, when an amazing finish happens like the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn, it’s safe to say that $5,000 is worth the big celebration.