Auburn Football: Toomer's Corner Oaks Nearly Bare After Pruning

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 8, 2012

Toomer's Corner / Photo Credit: TheWarEagleReader.com
Toomer's Corner / Photo Credit: TheWarEagleReader.com

The effort to save Auburn's oak trees at Toomer's Corner is ongoing and the process has created a sad sight.

Crews gave the trees another round of pruning this week in an effort to prevent limbs from falling on pedestrians at the popular corner where Auburn fans celebrate big wins.

The pictures, which are featured on The War Eagle Reader, show the two oak trees without any leaves. 

The Associated Press reports (via the Sacramento Bee) that the school will release an update on the status of the trees soon, but officials aren't sure if the efforts to save the historic oaks will be successful.

Harvey Updyke is charged with giving the trees a potentially lethal dose of the herbicide Spike 80DF during the week following Auburn's 28-27 win over Alabama in the 2010 Iron Bowl. Updyke called the Paul Finebaum Radio Network to claim responsibility for poisoning the trees in January of 2011. He has since pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He was set to stand trial in Lee County, Ala., earlier this summer, but that trial was delayed after The Auburn Plainsman reported that Updyke admitted to the crime outside of the courthouse.

(h/t: TheWarEagleReader.com)