Auburn, Ole Miss & Missouri Fined for Allowing Fans on Field

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference has issued fines to three schools who allowed fans to enter the field following games this season.

Auburn and Missouri will each have to pay $5,000 fines.  Ole Miss, which was fined for a similar violation in 2012, will be fined $25,000 for a second offense.

The fine is for violation of the league’s access to competition area policy due to fans entering the field.  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.”

The violations occurred following Ole Miss’ 27-24 win over LSU on Oct. 19 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium; Auburn’s 34-28 win over Alabama on Nov. 30 at Jordan-Hare Stadium and Missouri’s 28-24 victory over Texas A&M on Nov. 30 at Memorial Stadium.

“These were some of the most exciting and intriguing games of the college football season and we understand the exuberance of our fans in the celebration of their schools’ victories, but these incidents pose a significant risk of injury and we must always make the health and safety of our student-athletes and fans the top priority,” said SEC commissioner Mike Slive.