BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has fined the state of Tennessee $100,000 for a riotous celebration after their victory over Alabama.
Meanwhile, the school turned to fans to help pay for the new goalposts.
The league fined a school on Sunday for violating its field access policy for the second time.
3rd place volunteer Knocked off at No. 6 Alabama 52-49 in the last-play field goal at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. Ended a 15-game losing streak to the Tide.
Fans stormed the field, tore off one of the goalposts and threw it into the Tennessee River.
Tennessee turned to crowdsourcing for the cost of replacing goalposts. As of Sunday afternoon, over $18,000 had been raised.
Athletic Director Danny White murmured “We had fun, didn’t we?”
SEC policy states that “access to the competition area shall be restricted at all times to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel, and appropriately qualified individuals. Participant and Spectator Safety Therefore, spectators are not permitted in the competition area before, during or after the competition.It is the responsibility of each member institution to implement procedures to ensure compliance with this policy.”
A third offense and beyond will cost Tennessee $250,000.
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