Fans in the Southeastern Conference don't typically rush the field/court, but when they do, they make it memorable.
No. 11 Ole Miss upset No. 3 Alabama on Saturday, 23-17. A win of that magnitude was reason enough for Rebels fans to rush the field. Ole Miss fans proceeded to show why most schools protect the goal posts after a huge win or upset.
Rebels fans took down the goal post at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Update from Tuesday, Oct. 8
The fundraising effort has been a great success for Ole Miss. As of 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday, fans have donated more than $94,000 to pay for the field-rushing expenses. The goal of $75,000 was met in less than four hours.
Update from Tuesday, Oct. 7
Ole Miss has set up RebelGiving.com to allow fans to donate money to cover the costs of the field-storming.
As a result of the fans rushing the field, the Rebels were fined $50,000. (Note: The SEC fines schools when fans storm the field/court.) Given that the goal posts need to be replaced, the school will have to spend an additional $22,000 to get new ones.
Fans who donate will get something in return:
- For $5, fans will receive a thank you note from Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork
- For $25, fans will receive an exclusive image for computer's desktop background
- For $250, fans will receive a commemorative print from the game
- For $500, fans will receive a 3" piece of goal post
- For $1,000, fans will receive a 6" piece of goal post
The university's goal is to raise $75,000 to pay the fine and replace the goal posts. As of 5:30 p.m. ET on Oct. 7, fans have donated more than $60,000. The fundraising ends on Oct. 29.
--End of Update--
Then, some fans figured out a way to get the goal post out of the stadium and took it around campus.
Finally, the goal post made it into somebody's apartment.
Even the Ole Miss athletic director wanted in on the fun.
At that point, you can't even be mad at these fans for taking the goal post. You just have to be impressed that they were able to get it into an apartment.
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