The University of Tennessee, which was fined for fans rushing onto the field, is asking for donations for new goalposts

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE/WKRN) — The University of Tennessee was fined after its fans stormed the football field at Neyland Stadium on Saturday after the volunteers defeated the University of Alabama for the first time since 2006.

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) announced that Tennessee will be fined $100,000 for violating the league’s guidelines on accessing competitive areas. This is the second time Tennessee has been fined for this policy, the first time after a basketball game against Florida in 2006, according to the SEC.

The policy states that “access to the competition areas must be restricted to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support staff and duly accredited persons at all times. For the safety of participants and spectators, spectators may not enter the competition area at any time before, during or after a competition. It is the responsibility of each member institution to implement procedures to ensure compliance with this policy.”

As soon as the game between Tennessee and Alabama ended with a last-minute 40-yard field goal – bringing the final score to 52-49 – fans from the packed stands flooded the field. Nextstars WATE staff were at the stadium and captured the moment on video which you can view below.

Tennessee fans then tore down the goal posts, carried them out of Neyland Stadium, and threw them into the Tennessee River.

After the fuss, Tennessee Football tweeted on Sunday: “You all remember how we tore down the goalposts, dragged them out of Neyland and dumped them in the Tennessee River? Yes that was great. Anyway, it turns out we need goalposts on our pitch to be able to play next week’s game. Can you help us?”

The university included a link to a fundraising page that said philanthropic annual donations to the My All campaign would be used to purchase new goalposts. Suggested payment amounts include $16 (“Seasons Since Vols Beat Alabama”), $52.49 (“Final Score of Stunning Game”), and $1,019.15 (“Sold Out Neyland Stadium Capacity”) .

As of 5:00 PM CT Sunday, approximately $42,000 had been raised, which is approximately 27% of the target.

Once Tennessee pays its SEC fine, it will go into the SEC Post-Graduate Scholarship Fund, the conference noted. The University of Tennessee, which was fined for fans rushing onto the field, is asking for donations for new goalposts

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