Greg Sankey explains SEC's decision to fine Kentucky $100,000 for rushing the field
It turns out Kentucky’s big win over Mississippi State cost the school some cash — $100,000 to be exact.
The Wildcats 28-7 win on Saturday validated the program’s early start as much more than a fluke as Kentucky is off to a 2-0 start in conference play for the first time since 1977. Mark Stoops’ 4-0 program is now set to face off against South Carolina in Lexington on Saturday night for a chance to improve its conference record to 3-0.
However, before that game arrives, the school will be forced to pay the SEC a $100,000 fine for its fans rushing the field following the big win over Mississippi State. The violation broken, known “the league’s access to competition area policy” was Kentucky’s second violation since the 2014 season. $100,000 is the amount fined following a second violation.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey released the following statement explaining the decision:
“The Conference has unanimously approved a policy requiring fines be applied when spectators enter the playing field after a game. 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.
“The policy states that ‘access to competition areas shall be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel and properly-credentialed individuals at all times. For the safety of participants and spectators alike, at no time before, during or after a contest shall spectators be permitted to enter the competition area. It is the responsibility of each member institution to implement procedures to ensure compliance with this policy.’ ”
— Jen Smith (@jenheraldleader) September 25, 2018