Study says Auburn oaks likely doomed

Alabama uber-fan Harvey Updyke is awaiting trial on charges he poisoned the oak trees at Toomer's Corner.

Alabama uber-fan Harvey Updyke is awaiting trial on charges he poisoned the oak trees at Toomer's Corner.

It’s apparently mission accomplished for Harvey Updyke.

A new report by Auburn University says the famed oak trees at Toomer’s Corner, allegedly poisoned by Updyke two years ago, are probably doomed and will need to be replaced, the Associated Press reports.

The report says the trees’ branches will continue to die, leaving them “aesthetically dead if not actually dead,” AP said.

Updyke, the rabid Alabama fan who allegedly boasted of his deed on a radio talk show — under the name “Al from Dadeville” — after Auburn defeated the Tide in 2010, is awaiting trial on charges of criminal mischief and desecrating a venerable object. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. His trial is scheduled for Oct. 1, although his attorneys are seeking a change of venue.

The study, which was conducted by experts after a recent pruning, says a preservation committee will report soon to the university president on whether to continue efforts to save the trees or replace them, but concluded that “the long-term outlook for the trees is not good.”

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Roll Tide Roll

August 21st, 2012
7:08 am

Serves those cheating Barners right after their little sCam Newton thuggery.

Chizik has yet to prove he can win anything without sCam Newton.

RTR! Number 15 coming down the tracks this season!

LanierSpots

August 21st, 2012
7:14 am

Get that Bama trolling crap out of here, we are talking about living, breathing trees being killed by an extreme fanatic.

All you Gump Updykes are alike, we’re gonna roll y’all this season!

WDE!!!!

Rodney King

August 21st, 2012
7:24 am

You gumps & barners just need to learn to get along!

RammerJammer

August 21st, 2012
7:32 am

What’s done is done, time for the folks from Opelika to move on with their lives.

Roll Tide Roll!

Hunting Dawg

August 21st, 2012
7:33 am

Certainly hate to hear that the trees will ultimately die due to this low brow’s actions. Gotta respect the traditions of each school even if you don’t like their football team and fanbase. You look at that guys picture and it just screams “I’m a dumba**!”. Although this guy may represent a portion of the Bama fan base including the first poster here I don’t think he represents the majority. They need to remove this guy from society and use him for fertilizer to grow the new trees that will take the place of the dead trees. It’s a shame that a game, that’s right football is a game, would cause people to act in such an asinine fashion.

FairleyEatsAaronMurray

August 21st, 2012
7:36 am

I agree Hunting Dawg, this redneck needs to removed from society, along with the Crimson Tide fan that was in Krystal’s and all over the Youtubes.

All In.

UgliestVillageOnPlains

August 21st, 2012
7:38 am

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts celebrates it’s Grand Reopening today in Tuscaloosa. Auburn Majorettes drove over through the night to be on hand.

td

August 21st, 2012
7:39 am

The only thing funnier than someone being *way* too invested in the football team from the college he attended, is someone being that way without having actually attended that college.

You guys know that “fan” is short for “fanatic”, right? Settle down, enjoy the games, and live longer.

Steve K

August 21st, 2012
7:40 am

I have no tolerance for senseless vandalism. But it is widely recognized that being an Alabama fan is illustrative of mental illness or defect, so maybe he has a defense in this case.

john boy

August 21st, 2012
7:41 am

I wish that guy would smile. I’m willing to bet he has 10 teeth if he’s lucky…Any takers?

By the way, when are these trees actually going to die? They’ve been “dying” for two years now. Also, what does “aesthetically dead” mean anyway? Is that like saying Abe Vigoda is aesthetically dead if not actually dead?

Gumpabump

August 21st, 2012
7:42 am

stupid is as stupid does!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sabanslifts

August 21st, 2012
7:43 am

Maybe some more tornadoes in Tuscaloosa are called for. Just saying.

Whiskey Breath

August 21st, 2012
7:43 am

I went by there the other day. They will be here for a long time. Strange that a agricultural school
can not accurately diagnose the so called damage. I hope Updyke does a long time in prison, for just
being a super redneck. But deep down, he didn’t do it, He just wanted the attention. Meanwhile,
Auburn took advantage of the situation. Much about nothing.

AllIn

August 21st, 2012
7:44 am

Alls that matters is that Cam brought us a championship, something you leghumpers haven’t even come close to sniffing since the days of Hershel.

WDE!!!

You are a classless thug john boy, yes the trees are actually dying!

native atlantan

August 21st, 2012
7:46 am

Rodney, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but your dead.

Andy

August 21st, 2012
7:46 am

I’m sorry for the trees, but who cares about this redneck rivalry or anything that happens in Alabama?

George Stein

August 21st, 2012
7:51 am

No one cares about those cheating SEC folks, the ACC is going to win in at all this season!

Sammy Davis, Jr

August 21st, 2012
7:52 am

My children scored too high on their SAT tests to attend college in Alabama.

waymon

August 21st, 2012
7:59 am

when he poisoned them he said nothing could be don to save them.

john boy

August 21st, 2012
8:00 am

@AllIn

“You are a classless thug john boy, yes the trees are actually dying!”

Easy there tiger….or war eagle – whichever you may prefer. You would make a great point if I had said anything about the trees not actually dying. If you read, my question was WHEN are these things going to die? Not disputing that they are dying.

That said, and to the point I was trying to make, ALL living things are dying! My granny was dying for 87 years (eventually done away with by Paul Ryan…for the liberally inclined). I’m just saying that it seems that Auburn is making this a constant news story. If it’s going to be 20 more years before these things kick-out, then I would like to know so I can tune out now. So touchy…

3d

August 21st, 2012
8:01 am

Only in Alabama.

Say What???

August 21st, 2012
8:06 am

Interesting… If it wasn’t Auburn’s trees that had been poisoned and instead it was the statue of Bear Bryant that had been destroyed by Auburn fans, I bet the Tide faithful wouldn’t be saying “What is done is done. Time for the folks in Tuscaloosa to move on.” No, they would be pressing for the death penality for anyone with knowledge of what was done. Idoits like this nimrod give college football in general, and the SEC is particular a bad name.

Metro Coach

August 21st, 2012
8:14 am

john boy, the reason Auburn is making this a constant news story is to distract from the constant presence on NCAA investigators who have apparently made Auburn their new home. If you’ll watch closely, everytime a story about the trees comes out, it was either immediately preceded or immediately followed by bad news about the football program. The latest bad news is the Jovon Robinson story. Before Robinson there was the Reuben Foster stuff. Auburn officials and fans refuse to admit that the constant rolling and pressure washing of these trees has already caused irreparable harm to them, all Harvey Updyke did was speed up the process. Harvey Updyke is an idiot for doing what he did. Should he go to jail and live on the taxpayers’ dime? Of course not. Sentence him to probation, community service, and a fine. Bad news about the trees=bad news about Auburn.

Alabammy

August 21st, 2012
8:16 am

Every time Auburn is about to be hit with bad press or an investigation is coming…they always release a “oh poor us” story about these stupid trees. The same trees that have been dying for years due to pollutants from passing cars and more significantly…FROM THEIR OWN FANS ROLLING THEM.

Look for something to hit the papers soon.

George Stein

August 21st, 2012
8:16 am

What is a “Lanier Spot”? Are you SEC rednecks talking about a fish here?

NoDawgInTheFight

August 21st, 2012
8:18 am

It is sad that any Alabama fan would condone this action. However, many do and few condemn this idiot. For that, most UA fans are about as worthless nipples on a bull. Y’all should be thankful he was given a media pass while he was coaching. Otherwise, he would probably make Joe Paterno look like a saint.

Mountain Man

August 21st, 2012
8:19 am

If one could redirect the vitriol and fervor of some fans into positive acts, imagine the positive deeds that could be accomplished. Crazy Harvey Updyke ought to be punished by raking leaves for the rest of his natural life and, if and when the Toomer’s Corner trees come down, Updyke ought to be hit square across his butt with the biggest stick of stove wood Alabama has ever seen!

J D Eubanks

August 21st, 2012
8:19 am

There is nothing funny about what an Alabama fan did to the ancient oaks at Auburn. There is no need for all of the trash talking appearing on this website. If DENNY CHIMES blew up, the Auburn Family would not be happy and would demand legal action against the terrorist. Maybe it is time for AUBURN to move to the SEC EAST and shut dowm the need for an annual IRON BOWL. The game has brewed too much that is not what college ball is all about. That is evident by some of the stupidity shown in the comment section. ROLL nothing and WAR nothing. Grow up children.

misterwax

August 21st, 2012
8:19 am

when the trees are dead and Texas A&M is in the lead for the SEC West title, then cut down the trees and donate the wood for an AGGIE bonfire…. OK?

Tammy

August 21st, 2012
8:20 am

Honey, all of these people live in trailers and are still fighting the Civil War in their minds every day as they trudge off to work for Kia. Pathetic.

Alabammy

August 21st, 2012
8:21 am

Whatever ass-knuckle. Do I approve of what idiot Harvey did? Absolutely not. Have a lost any sleep over those stupid trees? Not one wink. And don’t any of you non-Aubs pretend you have either. Just another chance for you all to toss out your overly-tires trailer park and teeth jokes which were classics the first 1,000 times I heard them.

James

August 21st, 2012
8:24 am

When does the SOB go on trial?!

John

August 21st, 2012
8:25 am

I hope this white trash serves time and is rendered penny less.

Chaos

August 21st, 2012
8:26 am

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AU Grant

August 21st, 2012
8:32 am

The only thing more pathetic than the comments on this non-story is the way it was written by Joel Povano. This is news from about a week ago repackaged by the AJC, a sure sign of lazy journalism. The first line is “It’s apparently mission accomplished for Harvey Updyke”. Way to patronize this loser and make him the meat of the story. Oh, and if you’re going to make him the entire story, at least proofread and spell his name right. Joel Provano needs an editor. Or a new job..

Fact

August 21st, 2012
8:34 am

The bottom line is this. It shouldn’t have happened. Forget who you like, hate, etc. I would hate for this to happen to Alabama, Georgia, anywhere. Schools have their certain things that mean alot to them and nobody should take that away from any fan base. I know people see the trees as silly and I get that, but I will never forget the first time my dad took me there and one day he will be gone and that memory along with many other great memories will be there. Just my two cents.

What a shame

August 21st, 2012
8:34 am

And which school just self reported over 40+ violoations? Oh yeah! The crash test dummy school of Bama!!!

WDE!!!!

What a shame

August 21st, 2012
8:35 am

Mike

August 21st, 2012
8:37 am

Well these comments went as could be expected.

DavidKing

August 21st, 2012
8:37 am

@metro coach – Be sure to say hello to the tooth fairy and the easter bunny in the la-la land you reside in.

Gary

August 21st, 2012
8:38 am

I’m a big Bama fan and went to school at Alabama but I hate what this jerk did. The Bama fans that I know feel the same way. I was hoping for a better outcome for the trees. It’s just sports, people need to keep things in perspective.

BamaRTR

August 21st, 2012
8:42 am

auburn needs to be worrying improving about their mediocre school run by the crook bobby lowder instead of a bunch of trees. RTR—Bama wins the SEC in 2012!!!

Mr Smiley

August 21st, 2012
8:43 am

@John Boy…you just had to throw politics in there didn’t ya? Leave it to a liberal to blame a politician for killing his 87 YEAR OLD grandmother.

What a shame

August 21st, 2012
8:45 am

Thank you Gary! We all believe in our own school traditions, whatever they might be. Because we have an allegiance to any school doesn’t give us the right to trash or destroy our rival’s traditions. The idiots who agree with this dumba$$ who poisoned the trees are the backwoods idiots who didn’t have enough teeth let alone any brains to get into any school!

elroytheelder

August 21st, 2012
8:45 am

Reading the stupid alabama fans’ comments on here is proof that most of them not only condone what that fat retarded redneck did, but that if given the chance, they would do something similar.

I also find it pretty horrifying that after Chizik and his football team, along with Bo Jackson later doing his Bo Bikes Bama tour to help those rednecks after the tornado….all they can do is make snide remarks about Auburn’s landmark and tradition that one of their own destroyed through an act of eco-terrorism.

That tells you all you need to know about bammers. No matter how good and decent you may be, they’ll always spit in your face simply because the ONLY thing they have in life is that football program, and they literally live and die by it.

Those people are the dregs of society. That is all.

Whatevs

August 21st, 2012
8:58 am

@native atlantan – I hate to be the one to tell you this, but “your” grammar sucks. Sincerely, a native Atlantan that went to a proper school. WDE!!!

Billy Bob

August 21st, 2012
8:58 am

If we get divorced will we still be cousins ?

Whatevs

August 21st, 2012
9:02 am

@Tammy – I have a degree from Auburn and I trudge off to Park Lane to sell cutting edge technology to EMEA. Do you know where Park Lane is and do you know what EMEA is an acronym for?

Silly people taking pot shots are clearly the ones who have no education and no class.

Sugar Hill Dawg

August 21st, 2012
9:03 am

Geezzzzeee! People – get a life. I’d be pretty ticked off if some Tech moron messed with the Hedges, or if some Gator Doofus backed his pickup into the Arch, but I’m pretty sure I’d get over it. I have two sons at Auburn – they’re not too happy, but they understand what’s done is done – deal with the deed and move on. The Toomer’s Trees are a cool tradition – they’ll be replaced and the tradition will live on. I suggest to the Auburn folks heading to Tuscaloosa this November to take plenty of toilet paper to cover up the Bear should the Tigers pull off a shocker!

Lance

August 21st, 2012
9:11 am

Wow, what a cesspool I have just stumbled upon.