COLUMBIA — The Southeastern Conference announced penalties Monday for the fight at halftime of Saturday night's Florida-Missouri game, including three new half-game suspensions for the Tigers that will be served Nov. 14 against Georgia after the team's bye week.
The Tigers and Bulldogs will kick off at 11 a.m. on ESPN from Faurot Field.
The all-out brawl, with punches on both sides thrown at helmeted players, was primed by an unpenalized hit by Missouri defensive lineman Trajan Jeffcoat on Florida quarterback Kyle Trask on an untimed down on the final play of the half. That ignited by Florida coach Dan Mullen, who ran onto the field to the visiting hash to yell at the officials and Missouri sideline.
Mullen was fined $25,000 on Monday by the SEC for his actions. The Gators won 41-17 after an uneventful second half.
"There is no place in college football for the kind of incident that took place at halftime of the Missouri at Florida game Saturday night," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. "Everyone involved is responsible for meeting sportsmanship standards throughout each game. Running on the field to confront a game official, the gathering of teams in an on-field confrontation and student-athletes throwing punches are all disappointing at any time, but even more so as we work to support healthy competition during a pandemic."
Tigers defensive lineman Tre Williams was ejected at halftime for a flagrant unsportsmanlike foul, along with ejections for Gators defensive lineman Zach Carter and linebacker Antwuan Powell for fighting. All other players on both teams were warned with a blanket unsportsmanlike penalty, with any second infraction incurring an ejection.
Monday, after video review, the SEC issued half-game suspensions for fighting to Missouri linebacker Chad Bailey, offensive Dylan Spencer and defensive lineman Markell Utsey. All three will miss the first half of the Georgia game. Williams will be available because his ejection was not for fighting.
After entering the home tunnel once the fight was broken up, Mullen ran back out on to the field and threw his hands up in the air several times to get the crowd going, then told the SEC Network sideline reporter after the game he had been on the field to try to get his players into the locker room. Mullen had to be restrained on the field by his law enforcement escort, and he and Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz shared a terse conversation on the field before Mullen's crowd work.
Following the game, Drinkwitz said he watched the ball during Trask's Hail Mary pass, didn't see the hit and didn't know why Mullen was upset. The two had a calmer exchange after the final whistle.
"Yeah I just said, you know, (I) figured out what happened," Drinkwitz said Saturday of the second conversation. "It wasn't exactly pleasant at halftime, so just trying to figure out what happened and see if we can get it fixed. I thought both sides did a nice job in the second half in not letting it bleed over to the second half."
All three players Missouri made available after the game — linebacker Nick Bolton, running back Larry Rountree III and offensive lineman Case Cook — declined to comment on the fight and said Drinkwitz handled it at halftime.
"The actions at the end of the first half of last night's game do not reflect the values of our football program or our University," the Missouri and Florida football programs said Sunday in a shared statement. "We are committed to healthy competition and good sportsmanship. The clean play without incident in the second half is how we expect to represent both institutions and the SEC. We believe both programs will use this moment to learn from so that future incidents like this do not happen."