BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (SEC version) – The Southeastern Conference announced today that the University of Arkansas will be fined for a violation of the league’s access to the competition area policy, due to fans entering the field after its match. football against the University of Texas on September 11th.
Arkansas will incur a $ 100,000 fine for a second offense under the league’s access to the competition area policy.
Arkansas was last fined for an offense after its football game against LSU in 2014.
Fines imposed on schools for violating the area of competition policy are deposited in the SEC’s graduate scholarship fund.
The policy states that “access to the competition areas will be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officers, support staff and duly accredited persons at all times. For the safety of participants and spectators, at no time before, during or after a competition, spectators will be allowed to enter the competition area. It is the responsibility of each member institution to implement procedures to ensure compliance with this policy. “
Financial sanctions, which were increased by actions taken during the 2015 SEC SEC meetings, are imposed for violations in all Conference-sponsored sports. Institutional penalties range from $ 50,000 for the first infraction to fines of up to $ 100,000 for a second infraction and up to $ 250,000 for the third and subsequent infractions.
The policy was originally adopted in 2004.
The University of Arkansas declined to comment on the fine.