Auburn University officials have decided to eventually replace the poisoned oak trees at Toomer’s Corner with one or two new trees. The tradition of rolling Toomer’s Corner will continue with those new trees, which could be part of a massive renovation project for the area in 2013.
Gary Keever, and Auburn professor of horticulture, has been caring for the current trees since they were poisoned with Spike 80-DF, allegedly by Alabama super fan Harvey Updyke following the 2010 Iron Bowl. Keever expects the trees will die soon and says it will take some time before the tradition starts up again with their replacements.
“They would not be able to be rolled immediately, need to allow three to five years for them to reestablish,” Keever says.
For now, the dying oak trees could be strong enough to support TP rollings during the 2012 season. Either way, Auburn is making sure this cherished tradition doesn’t die even if the trees sadly done.