USC’s win over top ranked Kentucky Tuesday night will cost the school 25,000 dollars. The SEC fined USC today for allowing fans to storm the floor following the Gamecocks win over the Wildcats. It is the school’s second violation hence the hefty fine. The SEC fined USC 5,000 bones after fans rushed the court following a 2005 win over then third ranked Kentucky.
USC athletic director Eric Hyman responded to the fine via this press release:
“First, let me say that the atmosphere at the Colonial Life Arena Tuesday night was as exciting as any time since I’ve been here. Our fans did a great job all night and the student section was awesome. We certainly don’t want to take away from that enthusiasm and excitement.
“However, the SEC schools voted unanimously on the sportsmanship policy and thesubsequent fines for violating that policy, and we support it fully. The purpose of the policy is for the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, officials, students and our many fans. While I was thrilled with the outcome of the game, I was also very concerned that we follow this policy to prevent a dangerous situation from occurring.”
USC did make numerous announcements and security attempted to thwart the fans attempts, but they were outnumbered and the fans were not going to be denied. If fans rush the court or the football field again at USC the fine will increase to 50,000 dollars.