Auburn will be hit in the wallet following its post-game reaction to the upset win over Alabama.
The SEC announced Saturday night that the school is facing a $250,000 fine because the Iron Bowl jubilation was the school’s third offense under the conference’s policy that prohibits fans on to the “competition area.” Auburn was previously fined for its men’s basketball game against Kentucky in 2016, and following the football game over Alabama in 2013. It’s up to the institutions to put in procedures to ensure compliance of this policy, the league said.
Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement that, “Fans are expected to remain in the stands and avoid the safety concerns associated with rushing on to the playing field. We want exciting experiences around SEC games, but also seek to maintain a safe environment for student-athletes, coaches, spectators and officials.”
Penalties for such incidents range from $50,000 for a first offense, to $100,000 for a second offense and $250,000 for a third offense. The SEC said those financial penalties were increased at the 2015 SEC Spring Meetings.