Price of rushing the field at Auburn: $5,000
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Auburn fans celebrate on the Jordan-Hare Stadium turf after a 34-28 win over Alabama. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
Auburn fans celebrate on the Jordan-Hare Stadium turf after a 34-28 win over Alabama. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
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Auburn University will have to pay a $5,000 fine to the Southeastern Conference for fans rushing the field after the Tigers' Iron Bowl win over Alabama.

The league announced the fine Friday.

After Auburn's Chris Davis returned a missed field goal 100 yards for the game-deciding points in a 34-28 win over Crimson Tide on Nov. 30, fans stormed the field.

That's a violation of the SEC's "access to competition area" policy. Only those with proper credentials are allowed on the field.

"It is the responsibility of each member institution to implement procedures to ensure compliance with this policy,” the league's policy states.

The fine isn't much. It amounts to less than what Auburn coach Gus Malzahn makes in a day, according to his 2012 contract. It pays him $2,440,000 a year, which is less than $7,000 a day.

The SEC also fined Missouri $5,000 for fans rushing the field following its 28-24 win over Texas A&M on Nov. 30. That victory clinched Missouri's berth to the SEC Championship Game.

Ole Miss was fined $25,000 for fans rushing the field following a 27-24 win over LSU on Oct. 19.

Ole Miss had a similar offense in 2012, which resulted in an increased fine this time.

“These were some of the most exciting and intriguing games of the college football season and we understand the exuberance of our fans in the celebration of their schools’ victories, but these incidents pose a significant risk of injury and we must always make the health and safety of our student-athletes and fans the top priority,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive in a news release.

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