The SEC Football Championship Game next week will feature the Auburn Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs, after Gus Malzahn’s team was able to upset No. 1 Alabama at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday evening.
After the big win — which was Auburn’s second win over a top-ranked team in three weeks — Tigers fans decided to storm the field.
Unfortunately for Auburn, that has resulted in a hefty fine.
After the game, it was announced that the university has been fined $250,000 for a third violation of SEC policy which prohibits fans from rushing onto the playing field.
“The conference has unanimously approved a policy requiring fines be applied when spectators enter the playing field after a game,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “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.”
Will the fine sting a little bit? Yeah, but not enough to erase the taste of a victory over Alabama.