Auburn plans one final roll before removing Toomer Oaks
Auburn, AL, United States (4E Sports) – Auburn University has announced that the historic Toomer’s Corner Oaks will be removed after one final roll on April 20 following the Tigers’ spring game.
Part of Auburn football fans’ tradition that dates back to the 1950s is to roll the trees with toilet paper after the Tigers win.
“The Oaks at Toomer’s Corner have been a part of Auburn tradition for generations,” Debbie Shaw, Auburn University vice president for alumni affairs and executive director of the Auburn Alumni Association, said in a statement.
“Their removal will in no way diminish the Auburn Spirit, which has grown even stronger during these past two years,” Shaw added.
The school has not set a specific date to take down the poisoned oaks.
The trees were allegedly poisoned by Alabama fan Harvey Updyke during Auburn’s run to the national championship in the 2010 football season.
Updyke was later charged with criminal mischief and desecrating a venerable object but has yet to stand trial due to numerous delays.
He has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. The next trial date is set for April 8.