The SEC has fined Auburn for allowing its fans to storm the court after the 75-70 win against Kentucky on Saturday.
The celebration made for a great visual in one of Bruce Pearl’s biggest wins since taking over the basketball program in 2014, but it also violated the league’s access to competition area policy.
The upset is complete and Auburn STORMS THE COURT! @AuburnMBB takes down No. 14 Kentucky, 75-70. pic.twitter.com/djyhfA2kPE
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) January 16, 2016
“The Conference has unanimously approved a policy requiring fines be applied when spectators enter the playing court after a game,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in an official statement. “While understanding the enthusiasm following an exciting victory, fans need to remain in the stands and avoid the safety concerns associated with rushing on to the playing floor. We want to have exciting experiences around SEC games, but also want to maintain a safe environment for student-athletes, coaches, spectators and officials.”
Auburn has now violated the rule twice since it went into effect in 2004. The first violation came after Auburn beat Alabama in the 2013 Iron Bowl with the epic “Kick Six.” Since Auburn is a repeat violator, the school must pay a $100,000 fine.
If Auburn gets hit with another violation for a court storm or rushing the field, the fine from the SEC increases to $250,000.