Vanderbilt has been fined $100,000 by the SEC for storming the court following the Commodores upset win over Kentucky on Saturday, the conference announced Monday.
“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 a written 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.”
The court-storming was Vanderbilt’s second offense under the SEC’s access to competition area policy that went into effect in 2004. The Commodores first offense came after knocking off No. 1 Florida in men’s basketball during 2007.
Rushing the field or court has been under heavy scrutiny lately with emphasis on players safety at an all-time high.
The conference increased the financial penalties for violations of the policy during the 2015 SEC Spring Meetings. Vanderbilt will be handed a $250,000 fine if it has a third or subsequent offense.