June 16, 2024
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The Southeastern Convention responded to South Carolina college students and followers’ determination to storm the basketball courtroom on Tuesday after the Gamecocks upset the sixth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats.

South Carolina will now should pay a $100,000 superb for the followers’ actions within the moments following the thrilling 79-62 victory. The win marked the primary time in 14 years that the Gamecocks basketball program defeated an opponent ranked No. 6 or greater at house.

The SEC adopted extra fines at its conferences final spring. A primary offense now ends in a superb of $100,000, a second $250,000, whereas subsequent offenses will value $500,000.

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Gamecocks guard Ta’Lon Cooper celebrates with college students after beating the Kentucky Wildcats at Colonial Life Enviornment in Columbia, South Carolina, on Jan. 23, 2024. (Jeff Blake-USA At this time Sports activities)

Following the adoption of the brand new guidelines, each SEC faculty was basically given a clear slate. The Gamecocks have been thought-about first-time offenders and, because of this, the varsity was hit with the $100,000 superb.

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Followers shortly burst by way of the yellow rope line when the sport ended. Amongst these celebrating on the courtroom have been girls’s basketball coach Daybreak Staley and several other members of her workforce. Staley is a six-time WNBA All-Star and has led South Carolina’s girls’s basketball to seven SEC match championships.

South Carolina players celebrate after a game

South Carolina Gamecocks ahead Collin Murray-Boyles joins the celebration after beating the Kentucky Wildcats at Colonial Life Enviornment in Columbia, on Jan. 23, 2024. (Jeff Blake-USA At this time Sports activities)

Staley additionally coached the Gamecocks to a pair of NCAA Division I Match championships. 

Former college president Harris Pastides was additionally noticed celebrating on the hardwood. Pastides shared a put up to social media saying he needed to pay a superb throughout his tenure after huge wins.

“This time it was free for me so I joined the group,” he wrote.

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Storming the courtroom has come beneath scrutiny since Iowa star Caitlin Clark was run into and knocked to the bottom by a fan at Ohio State celebrating the Buckeyes’ win over the Hawkeyes final week.

Kentucky gamers have been in a position to go away the courtroom in a comparatively fast style and no player-related incidents have been reported.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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