Auburn’s historic Toomer’s Corner Oaks will be “rolled” one more time this spring before they are removed.
The trees have been part of a school tradition since the 1950s. After wins, fans roll toilet paper around the oaks. The university announced Friday that the tradition of “rolling” occur a last time after the Tigers’ spring game on April 20.
It is not known when the poisoned trees will be taken down.
“The Oaks at Toomer’s Corner have been a part of Auburn tradition for generations,” Debbie Shaw, Auburn University vice president for alumni affairs and executive director of the Auburn Alumni Association, said in a statement. “Their removal will in no way diminish the Auburn Spirit, which has grown even stronger during these past two years.”
Lifelong Alabama fan Harvey Updyke was charged with poisoning the trees during Auburn’s national championship season in 2010. His trial has been delayed several times. His charges include criminal mischief and desecrating a venerable object. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. The next trial date is April 8.