In accordance with SEC policy, the conference fined the University of South Carolina $25,000 after fans stormed the court following Saturday’s 72-67 home win over No. 17 Kentucky.
The SEC is the only conference in college basketball with a tiered fining system for its schools that rush the court.
According to the policy, “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.”
A first-time violation results in a $5,000 fine. A second offense warrants a $25,000 fine. After that, the fine increases to $50,000.
“This policy is designed to ensure a safe environment for everyone who participates and attends our athletic events,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement. “The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, officials and fans are the top priority.”
South Carolina president Harris Pastides participated in Saturday’s postgame rush to the court.
“Once I realized I was paying (the fine) anyway, I ran down. … I enjoyed every dollar,” he told the Daily Gamecock.
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