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Well, was it worth it?
Texas A&M was fined $100,000 by the Southeastern Conference office Monday because thousands of its football fans stormed Kyle Field’s playing surface Saturday after the unranked Aggies knocked off No. 1 Alabama, 41-38, on a 28-yard field goal by Seth Small as time expired.
Included among the fans who rushed the field was Small’s wife, Rachel House Small.
The Aggies broke the SEC’s “access to competition area policy,” a SEC release said. The $100,000 will be deposited into the league’s post-graduate scholarship fund.
“Access to competition areas shall be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel and properly credentialed individuals at all times for safety,” the policy states.
Texas A&M last violated the policy and was fined $50,000 in 2018 when fans stormed the field after the Aggies defeated LSU, 74-72, in seven overtimes in coach Jimbo Fisher’s first season. It was the Aggies’ first SEC win over the Tigers and snapped a seven-game losing streak to LSU, going back to the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 7, 2011.
Texas A&M’s win over Alabama broke an eight-game losing streak to the Tide and marked the first time an assistant coach of Alabama coach Nick Saban had beaten Saban as a head coach. Saban was 24-0 against nine former assistants going back to 2010. Fisher was Saban’s offensive coordinator at LSU from 2000-04.
Should A&M break the rule again, the SEC’s rules state it can fine the Aggies up to $250,000 for a third offense.