Aggies Fined $100,000 By SEC For Storming Kyle Field After Upsetting No. 1 Alabama

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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.

Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau has been on the LSU beat since 1998 with multiple outlets in Louisiana, prior to that he had covered both Auburn and Alabama. He won first place for his game feature on LSU's upset at Florida last season from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He was also named Beat Writer of Year, by Louisiana Sports Writers Association in July; placed in three Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) categories – Beat Writer, Explanatory, Game Coverage – last spring. Guilbeau was also the FWAA first-place winner for columns in 2017 and was also the top overall winner in 2016 FWAA placing first for his game story, second in columns, and receiving honorable mention for features.

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