Auburn fans stormed the field following their team’s huge win over Alabama in one of the most thrilling games of the season Saturday, and the Southeastern Conference is once again fining the school over it.
On Monday, the SEC announced that Auburn has been fined $250,000 as a result of fans rushing the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
If you were watching the celebration, you may have seen one woman hilariously get stuck in the hedges surrounding the field.
The SEC has a strict policy prohibiting fans from coming onto the field or court, and Saturday’s incident was Auburn’s fourth violation. Of course, it is almost impossible — and downright dangerous — for a stadium’s security team to contain thousands of fans who are leaping down onto the field to celebrate, but the SEC makes no exceptions.
We saw LSU fined last year when their fans rushed the field following a win over Georgia, so this has become pretty common after big SEC games. Many disagree with the policy, but some serious issues have arisen in the past when fans storm the field or court. The conference wants to discourage that in any way possible, and huge programs like Auburn will probably gladly pay the fine given what the act represents.
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Auburn beat Alabama 48-45 in the Iron Bowl on Saturday, which was a cause for mad celebration for Tigers fans at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Only the celebration didn’t go quite so well for a couple of women.
Two female Auburn fans got stuck in the hedges trying to rush the field in celebration:
The moment led to many jokes online. Here were some of the best ones:
When your team wins the Iron Bowl thanks to a missed field goal and dumb penalty, it’s cause for celebration … even if it doesn’t go well.
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This video of an Auburn fan celebrating prematurely on Saturday night is going viral not just because it’s awesome, but also because of what supposedly ended up happening to him.
Bleacher Report’s Master Tesfatsion shared video of an Auburn fan celebrating what he thought was the team’s win over Virginia by pouring beer on his head. Beware, the fan uses the F-word in the video.
Upon realizing the team actually didn’t win the game and that they actually lost, the fan apparently got belligerent and kicked chairs, leading to him being handcuffed.
This is probably what some viewers were expecting to see from Charles Barkley after the game. Instead, Chuck was actually measured. This fan channeled the emotions of all Auburn fans.
If you’re wondering what the atmosphere was like around the Auburn campus as the men’s basketball team clinched its first ever Final Four berth, look no further than this.
A time-lapse video shared by WRBL shows how fans converged on Toomer’s Corner to celebrate the overtime win over Kentucky:
Tossing toilet paper around the trees has long been a tradition. Some fans even climbed street signs.
Toomer’s Corner is a beloved an important part of the Auburn campus, one that was made famous by the infamous tree poisoner. You can see what a critical part of the fan experience that is serves.
The condition of Toomer’s Oaks will determine if Auburn Tigers fans will get to take part in one of their favorite traditions this fall, and the outlook so far seems positive.
During college football season, it has become customary for the oak trees at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn to be covered in toilet paper after a big victory by the Tigers. Whether or not that happens next season is still up in the air.
The two trees have been replaced a couple of times in recent years. Back in 2011, they were poisoned by an Alabama fan. In 2016 the trees were burned. New trees replaced the burned ones, and then those ones were replaced too.
According to what an Auburn arborist told WSFA, the current trees at the location are doing well, and fans have been urged to protect them.
“They’re in fair condition at this point,” Auburn University arborist Alex Hedgepath told WSFA 12. “They’re certainly not fully established to their new environment, but considering how large of trees they are and considering the move that they’ve made, I think they’re doing pretty well,” said Hedgepath. “The root development has been very good so we’re hopeful. Right now we’re just asking the fans to help us protect the trees by not rolling them. The university has been determined whether or not the trees will be strong enough to roll this fall but that decision will most likely be made later this summer.”
In 2013, fans gathered to say goodbye to the Toomer’s Oaks prior to their removal as a result of the tree poisoner. Hopefully the new trees won’t have to be replaced anytime soon.
Saturday’s Iron Bowl may prove to be a one-sided spectacle, with Alabama heavily favored, but that hasn’t stopped Auburn from escalating the rivalry in the leadup to the game.
This is the Crimson Tide’s first visit to Auburn since the famous Kick Six play in 2013, and the Tigers are more than happy to provide reminders. This is Haley Center, strategically lit.
The Auburn University Bookstore got in on the fun as well with this button.
The Tigers have little to play for other than pride, but you can bet they’d love the chance to knock their arch rivals out of a playoff spot.
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The moment five-star linebacker Rashaan Evans announced his decision to sign with Alabama, we knew he was going to become public enemy number one for Auburn fans. Evans is from Auburn and went to Auburn High School. For that reason, he is considered a traitor. That doesn’t mean his family should be banned from local restaurants.
Evans told TideSports.com on Monday that Auburn fans are trying to make his life at home miserable.
“It’s getting worse,” he said. “Someone actually put out an article about my family’s business telling all Auburn fans not to go there. We are going to eventually start losing money. People are telling restaurants in the town not to serve us.
“It’s hard for me to go out and chill with my friends like I have always done because people keep coming up to me telling me I made a bad decision. It’s grown men. They are asking me why I did this to them. I told them I had to do what is best for me.”
Not only that, but Evans said he even has people at his high school trying to manipulate teachers into thinking he is a bad kid.
“It’s just crazy right now,” he added. “What’s getting crazy is people are going to the board at my school trying to get me in trouble. They are telling my teachers I am a bad kid and all this stuff. It’s just bad right now.”
On social media, Evans said he has had followers tell him they hope he tears his ACL and that his family did a poor job of raising him. He previously described it as the entire city treating him like he is Satan.
As Crimson Tide kicker Cade Foster could tell Evans, people say some horrendous stuff on Twitter. He knew there would be backlash when he chose to play for his hometown’s biggest rival. Unfortunately, fans take it too far and that’s not going to change. He’ll just have to learn to tune it out as best he can.
For whatever reason, college football fans love making crazy bets before rivalry games. We’re not talking about cash wagers. A lot of this stuff — like getting a tattoo on your backside — is worse than losing money. But nothing could be worse than a man with a bellybutton ring.
A reader recently emailed a disturbing photo to Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage and explained the story behind the Auburn bellybutton ring dangling off the hairy stomach.
“Two of my friends have been making Iron Bowl bets since college, so for over 10 years now. The bets began innocently such as singing the other teams fight song, buying the other guys drinks all night and have slowly progressed. They are now getting to a dangerous level. … Since this year’s Iron Bowl was boring with not much on the line (sarcasm font), they made a bet to attempt to keep everyone’s interest in the game and bet belly button rings.”
Wasn’t the way the Iron Bowl ended punishment enough? I don’t know if this dude has to wear the ring for life or if he can let that thing close up after a certain amount of time, but it’s not going to help him with the ladies. I’m starting to think tattoos to pay off debts may be the way to go.
Jewish football fans in Alabama are going to have a serious conflict of interest next week. Two of the biggest college games of the calendar year, Auburn vs. Mississippi State and Alabama vs. Texas A&M, are taking place on Saturday. Those who are recognizing Yom Kippur will not be able to watch either game.
As a result, a Deadspin reader pointed out that Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham is trying to get the Jewish community to band together to prevent spoilers. In other words, people want to be able to DVR the games without finding out the results ahead of time.
That sounds reasonable, but you know there will be at least one or two people who play the role of Ari Gold and have to check the score of the game on their smartphone. Hopefully that guy keeps it to himself.
The oak trees that sit on the Auburn campus at Toomer’s Corner will be dressed in toilet paper one final time on Saturday after the football team’s spring game. Thanks to Harvey Updyke, the infamous tree poisoner who plead guilty to killing the 130-year-old oaks, the trees will soon be removed. But they will live on Giancarlo Guida’s back forever.
Guida, a 2002 Auburn graduate, recently got a giant mural tattooed on his back that includes the Toomer’s Corner oak trees.
“I thought that was a great way to capture the trees after that a**hole killed them,” he told The War Eagle Reader on Wednesday.
The rugby ball is there to represent what Guida called his “fraternity.” He played for the Auburn rugby team from 1998-2002 and helped the Tigers win the SEC Championship in 1999. He said his wife was in favor of the idea at first and encouraged him to go through with it, but added that she was unhappy with the result because she thought it would be much smaller.
Hey, at least it’s not nearly as bad as the back tattoo that a fan of Guida’s most hated rival has.
H/T Eye on College Football
Photo via The War Eagle Reader