Arkansas AD Hunter Yurachek expected fine for fans storming field after Texas win: 'It was worth it'
Arkansas’ 2021 season couldn’t have gotten off to a better start.
After opening with a victory against Rice, the Razorbacks had another home matchup this past Saturday, when it welcomed Texas — which was ranked No. 15 at the time — to Fayetteville. And by the end of the night, Arkansas fans were storming the field in celebration of the team’s 40-21 victory.
However, that postgame celebration didn’t come without repercussions. The SEC does not allow fans to go onto the field at any time, meaning Arkansas is getting fined for what happened Saturday night.
But that’s OK with Razorbacks athletic director Hunter Yurachek, who discussed the events with the Hawgs Illustrated Sports Club on Wednesday.
“If you saw the stands, they started to come down from the top with about two minutes to go,” Yurachek said, per Matt Jones of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “There was not a law enforcement official that I would have wanted to put in front of those students to try to stop them. That was not going to create a good scene for us.
“I’ll take the $100,000 — and again, not being flippant about $100,000 because it’s a significant amount of money — but it was worth it.”
It won’t be the first time that Arkansas has been fined for fans storming the field. It also happened after the Razorbacks defeated LSU on Nov. 15, 2014.
Although Arkansas has to pay up, it doesn’t change the fact that the team is now 2-0 with a big win over Texas. And so it makes sense why Yurachek understands how excited Razorbacks fans are because of the start to this season.
Now, Arkansas will play at home again this Saturday, when it takes on Georgia Southern at 4 p.m. ET on SEC Network.