BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference fined Ole Miss and Kentucky after their fans stormed the field to celebrate victories.
The SEC fined Ole Miss $50,000 on Sunday because the school also was cited for similar violations in 2012 and 2013. Rebels fans rushed the field after a 23-17 victory over Alabama on Saturday.
Kentucky drew a $25,000 penalty for the celebration of a 45-38 upset of South Carolina. Kentucky also was penalized in 2006 and 2007, but drew a smaller fine because its last offense was more than three years ago.
SEC policy restricts access to areas of competition to coaches, athletes, officials support personnel and others with proper credentials.
Commissioner Mike Slive has discretion to impose fines for violations in all SEC sports. Penalties start at $5,000 for a first offense.
game officially a sellout: In Fayetteville, Arkansas., Arkansas says the Razorbacks’ game against Alabama is now officially sold out.
The Crimson Tide and the Razorbacks will play Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
Kickoff is set for 4 p.m., on ESPN.
SPECTATOR FALLS AT COMMONWEALTH STADIUM: In Lexington, Kentucky, Kentucky said a spectator fell from Commonwealth Stadium’s upper deck to the lower deck on Saturday night.
University spokeswoman Katy Bennett confirmed Sunday morning that the accident happened and that a person was taken to nearby UK Medical Center. She did not have immediate details such as the person’s gender, if it was a student or whether the accident occurred during or after Kentucky’s 45-38 upset victory over South Carolina.
The game drew a season-high crowd of 62,135 and thousands stormed the field to celebrate for about 15 minutes with Kentucky players before leaving.
BLAKENEY TO RETIRE AFTER SEASON: In Troy, Alabama, Troy coach Larry Blakeney is retiring after the season.
Troy announced the decision Sunday night with the Trojans off to their first 0-5 start since the 1982 season. Blakeney informed his staff and team after Sunday’s practice.
The 67-year-old Blakeney is in his 24th season with the Trojans, the second longest tenure among active coaches behind Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer.
Blakeney and Athletic Director John Hartwell will hold a news conference Monday.
Blakeney currently ranks seventh among active coaches with 175 career victories, which is one shy of former Auburn coach Shug Jordan for the third most in the state of Alabama.
Troy hosts New Mexico State on Saturday in Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The Trojans have fallen 66-0 to No. 13 Georgia and lost to FCS team Abilene Christian.
QUARTERBACK LUNT OUT WITH BROKEN LEG: In Champaign, Illinois, Illinois coach Tim Beckman said quarterback Wes Lunt has a broken left leg and is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Beckman said in a news release late Sunday that the redshirt sophomore quarterback broke his fibula Saturday in the Illini’s 38-27 loss to Purdue.
Lunt limped off the field in the fourth quarter and didn’t return. He said after the game that he had a calf injury he believed he initially suffered in September in the loss to Washington.
Beckman said in the release he is disappointed for Lunt, who is having a strong season.
Lunt is in the top 20 in the nation in passing yards with 1,569 and touchdowns with 13.
Beckman said Illinois (3-3, 0-2 Big Ten) will now turn to Lunt’s backup, Reilly O’Toole, and third-stringer Aaron Bailey.