South Carolina's celebration is costly
It's not like they didn't know it was coming.
The moment the final seconds ticked off the clock and it was official that unranked South Carolina had defeated No. 1 Kentucky Tuesday night, you knew the students were headed for the floor in a wild celebration.
And you knew the fine wouldn't be far behind.
The SEC office announced today that South Carolina will be fined $25,000 for its second violation of the league’s access to competition area policy - also known as the celebration rule.
The SEC policy, which went into effect in 2004 and was approved by all 12 league schools, prohibits fans from running onto the area of competition for football and men's and women's basketball.
South Carolina's violation occurred following its 68-62 win over Kentucky when fans rushed the floor at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia. It was the Gamecocks' second offense. South Carolina’s first offense occurred on Feb. 15, 2005 when fans entered the competition area following the Gamecocks’ 73-61 win over Kentucky.