I remember when I lived in SEC country when this came out. As a college student, it's fun to storm the field. Now that I'm older, I'm liking the SEC's approach. The Utah fans were inches away from sending that game into overtime.
SEC sportsmanship rule tightens fan access
By Associated Press
December 15, 2004
The Southeastern Conference announced new sportsmanship policies Tuesday that are designed to limit spectator access to competition areas in all sports.
The policy, which was approved by all SEC schools and went into effect Dec. 1, 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," the policy says.
The policy imposes financial penalties on institutions for violations in football and men's and women's basketball. The penalties range from $5,000 for a first offense to fines of up to $25,000 for a second offense and up to $50,000 for a third and subsequent offense.
The size of the penalty will be at the discretion of the commissioner.
"This policy is designed to create a safe environment for our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive in a statement Tuesday. "Our institutions felt that this was a step that needed to be taken to insure a safe atmosphere at all of our intercollegiate athletics events."
Fans who violate the rules can be kicked out, arrested and kept from purchasing future tickets. Students may also be punished by their schools for violating the rules.