The Arkansas Razorbacks will lose $100,000 due to their supporters rushing the field after their 40-21 victory against Texas on Saturday.
The SEC issued the punishment on Monday. Associated Press (via Republic World) said the team allegedly broke the second time around on entry to the competition area. The previous infraction occurred against LSU in 2014.
According to the regulation implemented in 2004, a third violation would cost Arkansas $250,000.
— Coach Sam Pittman (@CoachSamPittman) September 13, 2021
Here’s Why Arkansas Razorback Got Fined
EPSN said the policy is that players, coaches, officials, support staff, and properly authorized people are only permitted on the field.
With that, the policy explained that spectators are not allowed to enter the competition area before, during, or after a competition for the safety of players and wathers. Each member institution, the guideline said, has to put processes in place to guarantee that this policy is followed.
In 2015, the SEC amended the regulation during its spring meetings. For the first offense, schools are fined $50,000, $100,000 for the second offense, and $250,000 for each subsequent offense. The policy was first implemented in the 2004-05 sports season.
The SEC’s Post-Graduate Scholarship Fund receives funds from penalties.
Arkansas Razorbacks Vs. Texas Longhorns
CBS News said the Razorbacks crushed the then-No. 15 Texas Longhorns on Saturday night, thanks partly to a punishing rushing offense that piled up 333 yards and four touchdowns from four different running backs. They averaged 7.1 yards per play and converted five of their 11 third-down opportunities, putting them at No. 20 in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2016.
Arkansas coach Sam Pittman seemed unconcerned by the crowd response at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, which resulted in a punishment being imposed on his team after the shock victory against a longtime Southwest Conference foe.
Arkansas players, coaches, and supporters celebrated Saturday’s shock over No. 15 Texas.
The two institutions have had a rivalry dating back to their days as the defunct Southwest Conference members.
After decades in the Big 12, Texas is set to join Arkansas in the SEC in 2025.
The victory gave Arkansas its first 2-0 start since 2016 and propelled the Razorbacks from unranked to No. 20 in the Associated Press poll.
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