Vandy fined $100,000 for fans storming court after win vs. UK

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Vanderbilt has been fined $100,000 by the Southeastern Conference after fans stormed the court Saturday following the Commodores' 74-62 victory over Kentucky.

The SEC announced the fine Monday.

The league policy that took effect in 2004 states "access to competition areas shall be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel and properly-credentialed individuals at all times."

The policy adds that, "It is the responsibility of each member institution to implement procedures to ensure compliance with this policy."

Fines start at $50,000 for a first offense and go up to $100,000 for a second offense and up to $250,000 for subsequent offenses.

Vanderbilt was fined $100,000 because it was the school's second offense. Vanderbilt fans also stormed the court after a men's basketball victory over No. 1 Florida in 2007.

"While understanding the enthusiasm following an exciting victory, fans need to remain in the stands and avoid the safety concerns associated with rushing on to the playing floor," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. "We want to have exciting experiences around SEC games, but also want to maintain a safe environment for student-athletes, coaches, spectators and officials."

Kentucky coach John Calipari sent his players who were the bench to the locker room with about 35 seconds left in the game. He said afterward he did that to keep his players safe, expecting fans to rush the court to celebrate.