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SEC Looking To Increase Punishment for Storming the Field, Potentially Even Forfeits

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Kentucky versus LSU in 2007, Kentucky versus Florida in 2021. What do both of those games have in common? Fans stormed the field after two big wins, with Kentucky beating LSU who was the No. 1 team in the country in 2007, and then in 2021, Kentucky beat Florida for the first time since 1986 at home.

But now, the SEC is thinking to give out harsher penalties to teams if their fans storm the field, increasing the penalties from monetary fines to something that could affect the team on the field.

According to Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated, the SEC is looking at two potential punishments. One of the two punishments that the SEC is considering is the home team would lose their next home game in the series. For example, when Kentucky stormed the field against Florida in 2021, Kentucky then would have to play at Florida from the 2022 to 2024 season, so Kentucky would have to play at The Swamp for three years in a row.

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The other rule that the SEC is considering is forfeiting the game that had been won during the field storming incident. From the reports, this second punishment does not seem likely, but a rule that the SEC will consider during SEC spring meetings.

The meetings will take place as all SEC athletic directors are expected to be present when they roll out some proposals for penalties against field storming. After the meetings take place, it will go to the presidents and chancellors at SEC spring meetings in Destin, which take place from May 30-June 2.

One reason why the SEC is considering stricter penalties on fans storming the field is to better protect both players and fans. During the Tennessee versus Alabama game, Alabama’s Jermaine Burton allegedly struck a Tennessee fan while fans stormed the field.

Obviously, no ruling has been made, but rushing the field is a college football tradition that is synonymous with big wins and have been for nearly 150 years. If the SEC does implement stricter penalties for field storming, teams will have to implement new rules and policies to make sure fans will not storm the field in the future.

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Once a decision has been made, KY Insider will keep you all up to date.

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Four-Star Safety, Top 200 Recruit Martels Carter Jr. Commits to Kentucky

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2025 Four-star safety Martels Carter Jr commits to Kentucky Wildcats over Auburn, Colorado, and Louisville.
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YAHTZEE!

The Kentucky Wildcats have added the top-ranked player in the state and one of the top safeties in the country to their 2025 recruiting class.

On Saturday, Martels Carter Jr. announced his commitment to the Wildcats!

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“BBN I’M HOME”

A unanimous 4-star prospect and top 20 safety nationally, Carter chose the Cats over finalists Auburn Tigers, Colorado Buffalo, and Louisville. He also held offers from some of the biggest programs in the sport, including Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, and Oregon among others.

Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Carter moved to Paducah last summer where he starred for Paducah Tilghman High School, helping them to an undefeated regular season and a deep run in the 4A state playoffs, falling in the semifinals.

While it’s okay to celebrate his commitment, it will still be a battle until signing day. Auburn is seen as Kentucky’s biggest threat with Carter planning multiple visits, and he also has a family connection to Deion Sander’s Colorado program.

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That said, he will almost certainly take an official visit to Kentucky this fall. Vince Marrow has made Carter a priority of this class and will do everything in his power to retain the talented defensive back.

Carter makes the sixth commitment for Kentucky’s 2025 class, to go along with two talented offensive players and fellow four-star recruits Quintin Simmons Jr (WR) and Marquise Davis (RB).

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REPORT: Liam Coen Leaving Kentucky for NFL Offensive Coordinator Position

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On the eve of a huge recruiting weekend for Kentucky football, the program has received some bad news. Offensive coordinator Liam Coen is leaving for the NFL again, this time taking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator position.

When Coen returned to Kentucky last offseason from the Los Angeles Rams, for his second stint as offensive coordinator, he talked about Lexington being a place that he and his wife had missed. In his return press conference, on January 12, 2023, he went as far as saying he wanted to be somewhere for a “few years”, at least.

“I want to go somewhere, make a real impact. Plant some roots for a little bit. Be somewhere for a few years — at least — that you feel really good about. I’m excited about being back in Lexington… I’m not in a rush to go anywhere.”

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That “few years” was just a year, but to be honest, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. After many games last season, Coen talked to the media with frustration about fundamental things such as lack of discipline and dropped passes. Even then, it always felt he was holding his words back. With his name circulating around multiple NFL jobs, it was clear this was the direction it was heading.

Now for Kentucky, it’s about getting the next hire right. In a time where offense is becoming the premium in college football, going through five offensive coordinators in ten seasons is not ideal. Paying $1.8 million to Coen, they have shown they will pay amongst the top in the country. Now, go get someone who keeps this core of offensive talent, can recruit, and brings much-needed consistency.

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A Piece of Will Levis’ Historic NFL Debut Displayed in NFL Hall of Fame

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Will Levis after his NFL debut.
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During last year’s NFL Draft, Will Levis was one of the last players left in the green room after dropping to the second round. That moment fueled Levis, and he’s since earned the starting quarterback spot with the Tennessee Titans, appearing to have a bright future with the team.

Entering the season with no shortage of motivation, Levis entered the franchise as QB3 and wasn’t even on the active roster for the first six weeks of the season, being deemed the “emergency quarterback.” However, following an ankle injury to Ryan Tannehill in Week 6, the Titans gave their rookie quarterback an opportunity.

Levis certainly capitalized and had one of the best debuts in NFL History, throwing for 238 yards (19/29 passing) and four touchdowns. From the game, Levis has been put in the Hall of Fame. Well, at least his Houston Oiler throwback helmet from the performance has been placed on display in the Hall of Fame’s “Pro Football Today Gallery.”

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Levis started his career with a bang and had his moments. The former Kentucky Wildcat will look to build on his rookie campaign, going into a year where he should be the starter under new head coach Brian Callahan.

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