A tweet from “College and Magnolia” contributor Andrew Salser provided a painfully true descriptor of the recently pruned Toomer’s Oaks: “Looks like something from Sleepy Hollow.”
Crews pruned the trees this week in order to prevent the limbs of the dying oaks from falling on pedestrians at Toomer’s Corner. The formally lush trees fans have now been stripped almost completely bare.
In July, Auburn officials announced that they would replace the poisoned oaks with one or two new trees in 2013 so that the tradition of rolling Toomer’s Corner could continue. For now, those hypothetical trees’ forbearers now truly look as if they’re not long for this world in a sad reminder of Alabama fan Harvey Updyke’s alleged poisoning of them in November of 2010.