According to the SEC, the University of Tennessee will have to pay a $100,000 fine after fans stormed the field on Saturday night after Chase McGrath kicked a field goal that brought the score to 52-49 beating Alabama.
@countryrebelTennessee STUNS Alabama 52-49 in unbelievable game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN! After a grueling back and forth battle, the Volunteers kicked a game winning field goal and snapped a 15 game losing streak to one of their biggest rivals. TN quarterback Hendon Hooker put on a clinic tossing 21-of-30 for 385 yards and five touchdowns!! Gooooood Ol’ Rocky Top, (wooo) Rocky Top TENNESSEE!!♬ original sound – countryrebel
It was a historic win over Alabama that was a big deal to many fans who have watched their beloved team lose to the Crimson Tide for the past 16 years in a row.
Neyland Stadium exploded into a celebration with thousands of fans rushing to the field overjoyed that they finally won. However, Southeastern Conference was not so happy about the incident saying it was behavior was against the league’s access to competition area policy.
@countryrebelAfter defeating BAMA 52-49 in a historic upset, fans stormed the field and tore down both goal posts!! Hundreds of fans then carried the goal posts for over a mile and eventually tossed them into the TN river!!♬ original sound – countryrebel
The University of Tennessee is now subject to now paying the price of $100,000 and this is not the first time the school has had to pay a fine for incidents like this. In 2006 after a basketball game against Florida, a similar situation happened where the school was fined and had to pay up.
In addition to that, while Tennessee fans were on the field, they tore down the goalposts, carried them out of the stadium, and threw them into the Tennessee river.
Randy Boyd, The University of Tennessee’s System President, was seen in a video circulating social media crying after his team brought home the victory.
According to Action News 5, when asked how much it would cost to buy new goalposts Boyd jokingly said, “It doesn’t matter. We’ll do this every year.”
Even though the school will have to pay the $100,000, Southeastern Conference says that the fine for violating the policy will be deposited into the SEC Post-Graduate Scholarship Fund, so the money will go towards helping more students get an education.