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SEC fines South Carolina $25,000

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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.

Alan is an expert gambling writer who works as one of the chief editors for Basketball Insiders. He has been covering online gambling and sports betting for over 8 years, having written for the likes of Sportlens,, The Sports Daily, 90min, and His particular specialisms include US online casinos and gambling regulations, and soccer and basketball betting. Based in London, Alan holds an MA in English Literature and is a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC.

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