Rabalais: History is on the Tigers’ side as LSU snuffs Ole Miss’ hopes again _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Fans fill the field after LSU's win over Ole Miss, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won, 10-7.

LSU was fined $5,000 on Monday by the Southeastern Conference for fans rushing the field after Saturday’s upset win over then-No. 3 Ole Miss.

This was LSU’s first violation of the policy, which bans fans from entering the competition area, since it went into effect in 2004. A second violation would cost the school $25,000, and a third and subsequent violations would be a $50,000 penalty.

“While we understand the excitement and enthusiasm that are produced by a victory, it must be emphasized that significant risk of injury for student-athletes and fans alike can result from incidents such as these,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement.

LSU had not stormed the field in football since a 2001 win over Auburn, a game in which the Tigers clinched the SEC West title and a trip to the SEC Championship Game. LSU fans, mostly students, lingered on the field for about an hour.

LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said after the game that he did not mind the expected fine from the SEC. LSU’s athletic budget is $109 million.

“I hope I have to spend it again two weeks from now,” he told the school’s website.

Alabama meets LSU in Tiger Stadium at 7 p.m. Nov. 8. The game will be televised on CBS.

Advocate sportswriter Scott Rabalais contributed to this report.

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