Auburn, along with Missouri, will have no trouble shelling out five-grand for this one.
The SEC announced on Friday that they have fined three schools -- Auburn, Missouri, and Ole Miss -- for fans storming the field after football games this fall; a rule that has been enforced since the 2004 season.
Auburn and Missouri were each fined $5,000 for their fanbase's "antics" after Auburn's victory against Alabama, and Missouri's victory against Texas A&M. Both games were played in week 14. Ole Miss, on the other hand, will be fined a hefty $25,000 for their fans storming the field following a win against LSU in week 8. The increase in the fine is due to the fact that this is Ole Miss' second infraction in two years.
I understand the SEC's decision to enforce this rule, as nowadays (especially in the south), you need to be extra cautious with some of the crazies in each fanbase when they could potentially pose a threat to the visiting players and coaches. However, Jay Jacobs should have no problem with the fine, as he will gladly hand the SEC a check and be on his way. The events that unraveled on November 30th were an extremely rare occurrence, and one that will likely only occur once in a generation.
The last time Auburn fans stormed the field after a victory was after this kick against top-ranked Florida in 2001, a game that came nowhere near the magnitude of this year's Iron Bowl.
So I hope the SEC enjoys our money, because I know that the Auburn family will be enjoying their time in Pasadena.