Rushing the field after Ole Miss' huge upset win over Alabama had its costs. The SEC fined the school $50,000 for allowing the field rush (it's a safety hazard) and new goalposts are expensive. So the school put up a fundraising website for fans to pay for the mess they made:
So many people wanted to help, we've created https://t.co/QbEvhFwh2u as your way to donate & get pieces of the goalposts #VHSgoalposts— OleMissAthFoundation (@OleMissAF) October 7, 2014
In less than four hours, they'd raised that -- and then some.
What's impressive to me isn't that they raised the total so fast, it's how people donated. This wasn't a bunch of people donating five bucks -- 142 people gave at that level -- it was a bunch of people giving a lot of money. The school planned to give away 50 three-inch sections of post for $500 donations, but had to increase the amount after initial demand. (They also sold 10 six-inch sections for $1,000.) So that's $45,000 right there. The school listed the value of new goalposts at $11,000 a pop, so they actually made money off the posts getting brought down.
We had followed the goalposts' paths through Oxford on Saturday night. If you're one of the people who paid for a goalposts piece,we have suggestions on how to use it. There is no word on how much the Sigma Chis who brought the posts into their apartment are making.