SEC fines Tennessee $100,000 for its supporters’ exuberance after beating Alabama

Following the team’s victory over Alabama at Neyland Stadium on Sunday, football fans stormed the field and tore down the goalposts, earning the University of Tennessee a $100,000 fine.

A violation of conference regulation led to the SEC’s punishment, which specifies that “access to competition areas shall be confined at all times to competing student-athletes, coaches, officials, support employees and properly-credentialed individuals.”

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No spectators must be allowed to enter the competition area prior to, during, or following a contest for the safety of both players and spectators. Each member institution is in charge of putting processes in place to guarantee adherence to this policy.

The SEC found that this was Tennessee’s second infraction of the rule. The first happened following a basketball contest with Florida in 2006.

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After the Volunteers defeated Alabama on Saturday night, 52-49, the crowd tore down the goalposts. Before throwing the goalposts into the river, the spectators paraded them through Knoxville. On Sunday, the school tweeted a request for donations to help pay for the new uprights.

Do you recall when we removed the goalposts from Neyland and put them in the Tennessee River? The school’s tweet read. says, “Yeah, that was amazing.”

Anyhow, it turns out that we need goalposts on our field in order to play the game next week. Could you all please assist us?

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