LSU fined $250,000 for rushing the field

The Southeastern Conference announced a day after LSU football beat number seven ranked Ole Miss that the Tigers will be fined $250,000.

The SEC said in a news release rushing the field is a violation of the league’s access to competition area.

The fine is high because the SEC this is LSU’s third offense for rushing the field. LSU was last fined for a violation following its football game against Georgia in 2018.

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Fines levied against schools for violation of the access to competition area policy are deposited into the SEC Post-Graduate Scholarship Fund.

The policy states that “access to competition areas shall be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel and properly-credentialed individuals at all times. For the safety of participants and spectators alike, 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.”

Financial penalties are imposed for violations in all sports sponsored by the Conference.

Institutional penalties range from $50,000 for a first offense to fines of up to $100,000 for a second offense and up to $250,000 for a third and subsequent offenses.

The policy was originally adopted by a vote of Conference members in 2004 and financial penalties were increased by action taken by the membership during the 2015 SEC Spring Meetings.

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