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SEC fines Kentucky $50,000 for celebration of Tennessee win

UK fans blanketed the field as  Kentucky defeated Tennessee 10-7  on Saturday November 26, 2011  in Lexington, Ky.  Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
UK fans blanketed the field as Kentucky defeated Tennessee 10-7 on Saturday November 26, 2011 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

The post-game celebration Kentucky football fans enjoyed on the Commonwealth Stadium field after Saturday's 10-7 victory over Tennessee will come at a cost to the university.

The Southeastern Conference announced Wednesday that UK will be fined $50,000 for a violation of the league's access to competition area policy.

Saturday's episode marks the league-leading fifth time Kentucky has violated the rule, which went into effect in 2004.

UK was hit with a $25,000 fine last season when fans stormed the field following a 31-28 victory over South Carolina, which ended a 17-game losing streak to Coach Steve Spurrier.

Saturday's win ended a 26-game losing streak to Tennessee.

Kentucky's previous violations occurred on Oct. 13, 2007, after its victory over top-ranked LSU; on Sept. 15, 2007, after defeating Louisville, and on Nov. 4, 2006, after beating Georgia.

The amount of the fine, assessed "at the discretion of the commissioner," can escalate with each violation, topping out at $50,000.

The policy states that "access to competition areas shall be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel and properly-credentialed individuals at all times. For the safety of participants and spectators alike, at no time before, during or after a contest shall spectators be permitted to enter the competition area. It is the responsibility of each member institution to implement procedures to ensure compliance with this policy."

Meet Roark, Guy

Kentucky football seniors Matt Roark and Winston Guy will be signing autographs at Fan Outfitters, 4101 Tates Creek Centre, on Friday from 6-7:30 p.m.

A limited number of tickets are available for the event. For more information, visit the store or its Web site at Fanoutfitters.com or call (859) 971-6094.

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