One of the SEC and college football's best traditions is coming to an end, but there's still one more event left for Auburn's famed Toomer's Corner oak trees.
According to the university, the iconic trees will be rolled with toilet paper one last time following Auburn's annual A-Day spring game on April 20. Soon after this last hurrah, they will be removed and replaced with new structures to accommodate the school's post-game celebrations.
“The Oaks at Toomer’s Corner have been a part of Auburn tradition for generations,” said Debbie Shaw, Auburn University vice president for alumni affairs and executive director of the Auburn Alumni Association. “Their removal will in no way diminish the Auburn Spirit, which has grown even stronger during these past two years.”
The event will feature live music in a block party setting, as fans will congregate to celebrate a tradition that has been enjoyed by generations of Auburn fans.
It's sad that a tradition as great as rolling Toomer's Corner—which dates back to the 1950s—has come to this.
Harvey Updyke, a self-proclaimed Alabama Crimson Tide fan, was charged with poisoning the two trees following Auburn's 28-27 comeback win over the Tide in December 2010.
Updyke, whose trial has been delayed on numerous occasions, admitted to the crime on the Paul Finebaum Radio Network in January 2011. However, he has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
His next trial date is April 8, according to ESPN.com.
While the trees will soon be gone, Auburn is doing its best to keep the tradition going, making the situation all the more heartbreaking.
While they may be "just trees" to some, the act of celebrating with friends and family, young and old, in the heart of downtown Auburn is an event that will be forever changed as a result of Updyke's actions.
Thankfully, fans are getting one more chance to roll Toomer's Corner.
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