Of course he was.
Accused attempted tree murderer Harvey Updyke is back in the news yet again, and unfortunately the University of Alabama is once again attached to the actions of the über-“fan”.
In a press release sent out Friday evening, Alabama confirmed that Updyke was “escorted” from yesterday’s SEC softball tournament, which is being held on the Tuscaloosa campus. Updyke was apparently in attendance to root on the Lady Tide in their semifinal matchup with Georgia.
From the terseness of the statement, it doesn’t sound like the university was very pleased with both having to deal with Updyke being on their campus and then addressing it with the media.
“Mr. Harvey Updyke was asked by University of Alabama officials to leave today’s softball game and he complied,” the statement read. “Several months ago, the University issued a formal directive to Mr. Updyke stating that he is not to come to the University of Alabama campus. Mr. Updyke has no affiliation with the University of Alabama and does not represent the institution in any way. The University of Alabama will have no further statement on this matter.”
The reason behind the formal directive from the university is, of course, because Updyke has been charged with poisoning the trees at Auburn’s famed Toomer’s Corner back in late 2010. Why Updyke decided to come to Tuscaloosa for the softball tourney is unclear, although anyone delusional enough to (allegedly) poison some oak trees is also delusional enough to think the university would forget about banning him from campus in the first place.
Andrew Gribble of the Birmingham News wrote on Twitter a short time ago that he’s “[b]een told that Updyke was sitting in a lawn chair… [behind] the outfield [fence]. He clearly wasn’t trying to hide.”
Of course he wasn’t.
The 63-year-old Updyke has been charged with “separate counts of felony criminal mischief, misdemeanor desecration of a venerated object and felony unlawful damage, vandalism or theft of property from a farm animal or crop facility” for each of the two oak trees he’s accused of poisoning. The trial is set to commence June 13.
The trees, on the other hand, have shown signs of growth recently and horticulturists are “cautiously optimistic” the venerable oaks may survive.
How about we start off the morning with something positive for a change?
As the Bowling Green caravan was driving back from Saturday’s game against Buffalo, a woman in front of the school’s four bus swerved and her vehicle hit the center divider on the Interstate in Northeast Ohio. Shortly thereafter, the vehicle burst into flames.
That’s when Dino Babers, BGSU’s head coach, and trainer Chelsea Lowe jumped into action. From the Toledo Blade:
The bus driver asked for permission to stop the bus, and I gave it to him — but I told him not to stop the other three buses,” Babers said. “Then he asked to go check out the car and see if the driver was hurt.
“I told him no, because if he was hurt there wouldn’t be anyone to drive the bus home.”
So that first BG bus, which was unaffected by the crash, stopped a short distance away, and Babers and Lowe went to the car.
“The closer we got to the car, the clearer we could see smoke billowing,” Lowe said. “We knew whoever was in the car wasn’t just going to walk away and have everything be OK.
Baber and Lowe were able to pull the 25-year-old woman away from the vehicle, and stayed with her until police and fire personnel arrived on the scene. The coach was even able to go back to the burning vehicle and retrieve the woman’s purse and keys.
As for Babers motivation in acting the way he did, read the Blade‘s account of the incident. It’ll be well worth your time.
For those looking for a change under center Between the Hedges, think again.
In Georgia’s first loss Saturday, Alabama harassed and harangued Greyson Lambert into a miserable day. The Virginia graduate transfer completed just 10-of-24 passes for 86 yards and an interception in the rain-soaked 38-10 home beatdown.
While some wondered whether UGA would pull the trigger and promote backup Brice Ramsey for the Week 6 game against Tennessee, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer indicated that no change at the position is on the horizon — and that Ramsey would still get his opportunities.
“It’s no secret we plan on playing Brice in every game,” Schottenheimer said. “Greyson doesn’t need to look over his shoulder because Brice is going to play. …
“We believe in competition. Greyson doesn’t need to go look over his shoulder in terms of who is starting the game. He needs to worry about moving the team. He knows Brice is going to come in at some point. Nothing has changed. The rotation is what it is.”
If you were just going off the most recent tape, Ramsey’s play actually made it an easy decision for the staff to stick with status quo. Inserted in an attempt to breathe some life into a limp offense, Ramsey completed 3-of-6 passes, although two of those completions went to Tide defenders.