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SEC hits Vandy with hefty fine for storming court vs Kentucky

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The SEC announced Monday that Vanderbilt is being fined for a violation of the league's access to competition area policy. The infraction came Saturday when fans stormed the court following the Commodores' win over Kentucky.

Vanderbilt will be assessed a $100,000 fine for a second offense under the league's access to competition area policy that went into effect on December 1, 2004.  Vanderbilt was last fined for a violation following its men's basketball games against Florida in 2007.

"The Conference has unanimously approved a policy requiring fines be applied when spectators enter the playing court after a game," said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "While understanding the enthusiasm following an exciting victory, fans need to remain in the stands and avoid the safety concerns associated with rushing on to the playing floor. We want to have exciting experiences around SEC games, but also want to maintain a safe environment for student-athletes, coaches, spectators and officials."

Financial penalties, which were increased by action taken during the 2015 SEC Spring Meetings, are imposed for violations in all sports sponsored by the SEC.  Institutional penalties range from $50,000 for a first offense to fines of up to $100,000 for a second offense and up to $250,000 for a third and subsequent offenses, which is what Vandy is facing if this happens again anytime soon.