Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Posioned oak trees removed from Auburn University's Toomer's Corner

Posioned oak trees removed from Auburn University's Toomer's Corner, Auburn University's poisoned oak trees have been removed from Toomer's Corner, bringing an end to an era and a drastic change to the landscape.

WSFA-TV reported crews cut down the landmark oaks, some of which were more than a century old, and left stumps lying near piles of sawdust early Tuesday (April 23).

The trees had died after being poisoned by a crazed University of Alabama football fan.

Harvey Updyke Jr. is serving a jail term after pleading guilty on March 22 to spiking the oaks with a powerful environmental herbicide after the 2010 Iron Bowl in which eventual Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Cam Newton led a stunning Auburn comeback as the Tigers overcame a 24-0 deficit to defeat Alabama 28-27 en route to the 2010 BCS title.

Workers used chain saws and heavy equipment to remove what was left of the once-lush hardwoods at Toomer's Corner.

Auburn fans traditionally roll the trees with toilet paper after a big victory, and tens of thousands rolled the trees after the spring football game last Saturday.

On Saturday (April 20), a record crowd gathered at the corner for one final roll and the university unveiled plans for the corner's redesign.

The oaks were temporarily replaced with a wire system to carry on the tradition of rolling the corner at the intersection of College and Magnolia, a gateway to the Auburn campus.

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