Friday , Feb , 18 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

South Carolina fined for fan celebration

Birmingham, AL (Sports Network) – South Carolina has been fined $5,000 by the
Southeastern Conference after fans stormed the court following the Gamecocks’
upset of Kentucky on Tuesday.

The league imposed a policy in December to limit access to competition areas
to “participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel and
properly-credentialed individuals.”

South Carolina posted a 73-61 victory over Kentucky, handing the Wildcats
their first SEC loss in more than a year. It was also the first win for the
Gamecocks at home against Kentucky since February 4, 1997.

“The rule is the rule and we support the rule,” said South Carolina athletic
director Mike McGee in a statement. “We have addressed the situation and we
will do a better job of keeping the students and fans off the court from this
point forwards.”

All 12 SEC schools approved the policy, which imposes financial penalties for
violations in football and men’s and women’s basketball. A fine of up to
$25,000 could be levied for a second offense.