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LSU fined $250K after fans storm field in Death Valley following dramatic overtime win over Alabama

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Victory is costly for LSU, and it has nothing to do with name, image and likeness. The SEC fined the school $250,000 after fans stormed the field after Saturday 32-31 win over Alabama in overtime. It was LSU’s fourth violation under the rule preventing fans from entering the playing field of sporting events. The program was also fined $250,000 for violating the same SEC policy last month after defeating the then undefeated Ole Miss.

Saturday’s celebration began when Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels hit tight end Mason Taylor for a 2-point game-winning game at the end of the first overtime. Players surrounded Taylor near the front pylon as fans took to the field to celebrate the Tigers’ first victory over Alabama since 2019.

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The current SEC policy provides for a fine of $50,000 for a first violation, $100,000 for a second violation, and $250,000 for every second violation thereafter. The new policy went into effect prior to the 2015-16 school year.

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Last month, the state of Tennessee was fined $100,000 after volunteers themselves became upset over Alabama.

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The LSU fine came two days after the conference announced that it created a working group aimed at preventing fans from entering the playing surface.

“Current conference policy should be reviewed and improved with a focus on addressing the problem of spectator intrusions on the field and on the court after the competition,” Commissioner Greg Sankey. said in a statement. “The SEC Event Safety Working Group will focus its efforts on reviewing existing policies, developing new strategies, and identifying best practices to improve crowd management and more effectively counter field and court intrusions at future SEC sporting events.”

The working group, made up of athletic directors, event managers and security staff, is expected to present the entire conference proposal at the conference’s spring session next spring.

“The overall goal of the SEC member institutions remains to provide appropriate and appropriate levels of security,” Sankey said. “Our institutions remain relevant and vigilant on best practices for crowd control and continue to work with local law enforcement to develop effective security protocols at SEC sites, and we need to continue to adapt conference policy to reflect new realities.”



Source: www.cbssports.com

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