Kentucky fined $250,000 by SEC for fans storming field in Florida win

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Kentucky quarterback Will Levis, left, has his photo taken with a fan on the field after winning an NCAA college football game against Florida in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Clubb)

Kentucky has been fined $250,000 as a repeat violator of the SEC’s “access to competition area” policy, the league office announced Monday.

The school incurred the fine after fans stormed the field following Saturday’s 20-13 victory over Florida. The Wildcats beat the Gators in Lexington for the first time since 1986.

The SEC policy — enacted in 2004 and enhanced in 2015 — begins as a $50,000 fine, escalates to $100,000 for a second offense and then $250,000 for each subsequent violation. Wildcats fans previously stormed the field vs. South Carolina in 2014 and Mississippi State in 2018.

Kentucky is the second SEC school fined for its fans storming the field this season. Arkansas drew a $100,000 fine for fan actions following the Razorbacks’ win over Texas on Sept. 11.

Fines levied against SEC schools are deposited into the league’s post-graduate scholarship fund.

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