SEC To Try And Prevent Field Storms After Alabama Wide Receiver Hit Tennessee Fans & Nick Saban Said Alabama Players Felt ‘Scared’

The SEC is looking into how it can both reduce and subdue instances where fans storm fields and/or courts. This announcement comes after controversy surrounding Alabama, the conference’s most dominant team in the modern era.

While there are few things more fun than hopping the fence and rushing out toward the 50-yard-line, it can get dangerous. For the fans, for the players and for the coaches.

Thousands of fans are moving at full speed — without much awareness and perhaps even a comfortable buzz. Meanwhile, players and coaches from the losing team are trying to make their way off of the field in the opposite direction.

Chaotic field-storming scenes can cause accidental collisions and incidental violence. They can also lead to intentional physical and/or verbal altercations, as was the case earlier this season.

There have been multiple field storms in the SEC already this season.

The SEC fined both LSU and Tennessee after their fans stormed the field to celebrate wins over Ole Miss and Alabama, respectively. It was the latter that came with controversy.

Tennessee Volunteers fans tear down the goal post while celebrating a win over the Alabama Crimson Tide at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2022. (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images)

As the Crimson Tide made their way off of the Tennessee field following the loss to the Volunteers, video showed wide receiver Jermaine Burton make contact with a female fan on his way into the locker room. Additional video, which shows the entire incident from start to finish, shows that he made contact with multiple Tennessee fans.

In response to the postgame violence from Burton, Nick Saban said that he and his players were “scared.” He didn’t say that Burton hit any of the fans because he was scared of them specifically. He did say that Burton was scared and later doubled down.

Saban also commented on the SEC’s efforts to prevent such situations.

“The league has tried to control people from rushing the field,” he said. “It’s a difficult circumstance for the league, difficult circumstances for the people on the field.”

The SEC is looking into field storming policies.

Although the conference is not saying that this is in direct response to the Burton situation earlier this year, the SEC is reevaluating its field-storming policies. It has formed a group to try to prevent field/court storming and increase the safety of players and fans in those situations.

Here is what the Southeastern Conference said in a press release:

As things currently stand, teams are fined as follows:

  • $50,000 for a first field-storming offense
  • $100,000 for a second field-storming offense
  • $250,000 for each subsequent field-storming offense

Clearly, the fines are not doing much. Fans are still storming the field.

It may not seem like there is a way to stop field storming, but the SEC is considering options. According to sources, increasing fines is one possible solution. Others include increased police presence.

It is all still in the elementary stages. The ‘SEC Event Security Working Group’ plans to have new recommendations by the conference’s spring meetings.

Written by Grayson Weir

Grayson doesn't drink coffee. He wakes up Jacked.

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  1. Jackasses that “storm fields” don’t care if the school is charged a milion$$$ or 10million$$$ … its not their money… plus they think in their twisted alcohol-fueled pea brains that they are ENTITLED to “storm the field”. …. You stop it with heavy fences like NASCAR has surrounding its tracks …. and maybe a half dozen SWAT snipers on the roof of the press box.
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    It is going to escalate just like gang muggings “in the tunnel” are going to escalate … as American society descends into anarchy.

  2. At TCU, event staff bring out rope lines to give the opposing teams a clear path to their locker rooms in the event of a field storming by fans (which has happened three times this season) and to keep fans from blocking their path to the tunnels at the northwest corner of the field (the TCU locker room is at the south end zone). Perhaps other SEC schools should be following TCU’s lead and at least clearing a path to prevent inappropriate interactions between fans and visiting players.

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