Big Ten says it will not fine Michigan football team after fans rushed the field
The Big Ten says the Michigan football team will not face any penalties after fans rushed the field following a victory against visiting Ohio State last weekend.
Conference spokesman Scott Chipman said the league, unlike others, has no policies or penalties for rushing the field.
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First-offenses carry a fine of $5,000, and subsequent offenses can escalate to $50,000.
“This policy is designed to create a safe environment for everyone who participates and attends our athletic contests,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement. “The security and protection of our student-athletes, coaches, officials and fans is our primary concern.”
The 17th-ranked Wolverines (10-2, 6-2), who ended a seven-year losing streak to the rival Buckeyes with a 40-34 win on Saturday, won't have to worry about such consequences.
They now are awaiting their bowl fate, which is expected to be announced Sunday.