SEC fines Mississippi $5,000 after fans rush field

SEC fines Mississippi $5,000 after fans rush field
November 27, 2012, 2:47 pm
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Mississippi tight end Jack Nuismer carries the Egg Bowl trophy through a sea of fans after Mississippi defeated No. 25 Mississippi State 41-24 in an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)


OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi has been fined $5,000 by the Southeastern Conference after fans rushed the field following the football team's 41-24 victory over No. 25 Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl on Saturday.

The win snapped the school's three-game losing streak in the Egg Bowl and also made the Rebels bowl eligible for the first time since 2009.

The conference said in a statement Tuesday that this was the university's first violation of the policy that bans fans from entering the competition area since it went into effect in 2004. The policy covers football, men's and women's basketball.

A second violation would cost the school $25,000 while a third and any subsequent violations would be a $50,000 penalty.