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Harvey Udyke, the gift that keeps on giving.
Rewind back to the 2010 college football bowl season when Alabama superfan Harvey Updyke called into the Paul Finebaum radio show to confess to poisoning the iconic oak trees on Toomer’s corner, and now, over two years later, the battle to save these vital pieces to the Auburn tradition is coming to a close.
The city of Auburn will replace the trees with three concrete poles connected by wire as a means to keep what’s left of the tradition of rolling Toomer’s Corner alive, that is to allow Auburn fans to chuck the TP up on the wires like they used to do the trees. It’s unclear from the article — maybe as a gesture to let the Auburn folks down a bit easier — whether the trees will be cut down, uprooted, trimmed back, or by other means, but scenes like this one will likely never be the same.
From the Montgomery Advertiser:
Auburn city officials plan to replace the iconic oak trees at Toomer’s Corner with a system of wires to allow students and sports fans to continue the tradition of rolling.
Assistant City Manager Kevin Cowper tells the Opelika-Auburn News the city will install three concrete poles and string wires between them to catch toilet paper fans typically draped over the poisoned oak trees. Cowper says the wiring system will be installed after the 2013 season.
Goddamn you, Harvey.
[via Montgomery Advertiser]