SEC fines Mississippi $5,000 after fans rush field

Mississippi tight end Jack Nuismer carries the Egg Bowl trophy through a sea of fans after Mississippi defeated No. 25 Mississippi State 41-24 in an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi tight end Jack Nuismer carries the Egg Bowl trophy through a sea of fans after Mississippi defeated No. 25 Mississippi State 41-24 in an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has been fined $5,000 by the Southeastern Conference after fans rushed the field following the football team's 41-24 victory over No. 25 Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl on Saturday.

The win snapped the school's three-game losing streak in the Egg Bowl and also made the Rebels bowl eligible for the first time since 2009.

The conference said in a statement Tuesday that this was the university's first violation of the policy that bans fans from entering the competition area since it went into effect in 2004. The policy covers football, men's and women's basketball.

A second violation would cost the school $25,000 while a third and any subsequent violations would be a $50,000 penalty.

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Comments » 4

movinonup writes:

Just wish we had an opportunity to pay a fine like this.....

CrankE writes:

Better be careful, Rebel Bears. If you're not one of the leagues Officially Approved Universities, then you'll be hammered with penalties and fines to make sure you're put in your place.

If you're from an approved school however, you can say whatever you want or do whatever you want with no fear of punishment.

Remember the words of Rebel Leader, Admiral Akbar, "It's a trap!"

bfowler1161#262198 writes:

The school was fined 5K, but the fans on the field....priceless. Hope we have the opportunity to spend 5K for fans on the field soon.

McMinnVol writes:

This is a silly rule. Two of my fondest memories are the 1982 Bama game and the 1998 Florida game when the goalposts were torn down. That will never happen again in the SEC. It is interesting that the NCAA is not against fans on the field - just the SEC. GO VOLS!

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