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Auburn fans roll Toomer’s Corner’s oaks one final time

Auburn Spring Football AP

Auburn’s A-Day was noteworthy for a few reasons, as it marked the return of former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn as the team’s new head coach to get a stumbling program back on track. The Tigers’ spring game also saw a record crowd of 83,401 in attendance. Based on pictures taken throughout the day, that number didn’t look to be an exaggeration at all.

But today was also memorable for a more somber reason: following the spring game, fans made their way to Toomer’s Corner to roll the oak trees one last time before their removal this week. Though the exact number of people in attendance isn’t known, it was a tremendous showing.

The trees at the famous spot have been dying since Harvey Updyke Jr. poisoned them over two years ago following the 2010 Iron Bowl. Updyke was recently sentenced to three years after changing his plea to guilty for a charge of criminal damage of an agricultural facility. He will spend the next five months incarcerated.

“There’s more to Auburn than two oak trees, revered and sturdy as they are,” retired athletic director David Housel said. “These oak trees are but an outward visible symbol of the Auburn heart. … This is a day of celebration and remembrance.”

Auburn is currently in the beginning stages of planning a redevelopment project intended to maintain the “historical character of the corner.” Additionally, the soil around the trees is still be tested for herbicides.

Designers revealed the new mock-up for the future site today. The primary difference will be the addition of more wall seating and a tree-lined path into Samford Park. Auburn expects to complete construction on the new design before the start of the 2014 football season. Th0ugh more significant changes were considered, it was decided there were “not how the Auburn Family wanted to go.”

A temporary structure for rolling after victories should be ready before the start of this season.

We’ll have more from Auburn’s spring game in a SEC wrap-up post later today.

(Hat tip: al.com) 

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9 Responses to “Auburn fans roll Toomer’s Corner’s oaks one final time”
  1. operwapitsai says: Apr 20, 2013 7:58 PM

    so what, is rolling like TPing?

  2. barkleyblows says: Apr 20, 2013 10:53 PM

    Who would wanna watch a bunch of dirty lying cheaters??

  3. smsmith240 says: Apr 21, 2013 12:58 AM

    Great way to end it

  4. tlmoon2112 says: Apr 21, 2013 7:06 AM

    Good for them, glad to see them do that one last time.

  5. mgavin78 says: Apr 21, 2013 11:00 AM

    Dirty program. $$$$$$

  6. phillyphannn83 says: Apr 21, 2013 3:40 PM

    all this over some trees, makes me chuckle. “but those are OUR trees!!!!!” lol

  7. florida727 says: Apr 23, 2013 10:14 AM

    Regardless of the allegations against Auburn, tradition is tradition. I say good for them that they get to experience this one last time. I’m a Gator fan, but I respect others’ traditions. They mean as much to them as others’ do to them, so good going Tiger fans. Way to go out in style. I hope the young Auburn students in particular get an appreciation for what builds loyalty to sports programs by getting to share in this one final time, and they learn about this long-standing tradition. All the best going forward, Auburn.

  8. packerbadger says: Apr 24, 2013 3:05 PM

    Sounds about right from the SECheaters. Take out your frustrations on a tree. Nice. Anyone else notice that the SEC has been in the news a lot lately?

  9. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Apr 28, 2013 4:05 AM

    Hey Badger: winning the last seven straight championship will get you in the news. Plus your coach jumped at the chance to join the SEC party. And not to mention 12 players selected in the first round of the draft. The only reason the Big10 didn’t get shut out of Round One is cause Jerry Jones is a moron.

    Now go to the kiddie table, eat some cheese curds and leave the football talk to the big boys.

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