SEC fines LSU for field access violation

LSU has been fined for violation of the SEC's field access policy, the league announced Monday.

The Southeastern Conference is fining LSU the minimum amount possible for violation of the league's access to competition area policy after Tiger fans entered the field following the team's 10-7 win over Ole Miss Saturday night.

League policy states: "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."

It is at the discretion of the commissioner how much a member institution is fined, but the normal protocol is $5,000 for a first offense, $25,000 for a second offense and up to $50,000 for a third and subsequent offense.

In this instance LSU incurs a fine of $5,000 because it represented the program's first offense since the league access policy went into effect on December 1, 2004.

"While we understand the excitement and enthusiasm that are produced by a victory, it must be emphasized that significant risk of injury for student-athletes and fans alike can result from incidents such as these," said SEC commissioner Mike Slive.

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