The Ole Miss Rebels‘ victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs this past Saturday has now come at a cost after the SEC handed down a $5,000 fine to the school for violation of the league’s “access to competition area” policy.
In part, the SEC policy reads:
“…access to competition areas shall be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel and properly-credentialed individuals at all times. For the safety of participants and spectators alike, at no time before, during or after a contest shall spectators be permitted to enter the competition area. It is the responsibility of each member institution to implement procedures to ensure compliance with this policy.”
To many Ole Miss fans, the $5,000 cost is totally worth it. The fine is what is classified as a first tier offense. If within the next three years there is another violation of the access to competition area policy by the Rebs in either football or men’s or women’s basketball, the fine will be $25,000. If there is a third violation within that time, the fine will be $50,000.
If there is no other violation of the policy in the next three years, the slate will be wiped clean and another incident would be subject to another first tier fine.
Ole Miss beat their rivals 41-24 in their annual rivalry game called The Egg Bowl. The access to competition area policy was adopted on Dec. 1, 2004. Ole Miss is surprisingly the first offender of this nearly eight-year-old policy. No comments from the athletic department were immediately available.