Auburn's Historic Toomer's Corner Oaks Poisoned with Herbicide

By Jason Priestas on February 16, 2011 at 5:14p

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Roger's picture

Usually when a Toomer's growth subsides it's a good thing.

Nik's picture

lol, well played

Kurt's picture

This is really sad news.  Just so happens that one of Auburn's iconic campus features is a living (breathing!) tree, unlike a statue or most any other inanimate objects which can be rectified in an event of vandalism.

Just happens that I was in Auburn with my girlfriend (alumnus) for the Georgia game this year, witenessed the rolling first-hand, the trees and the scene is really amazing.  They'll certainly replace the trees, but it'll take years...

madhatterhater's picture

I heard the trees were 130 some years old.  I could understand some vandalism and what not, but this just went to far.

go bucks

Jason Priestas's picture

Yep. I certainly don't have any love for Auburn in my heart but this is taking things too far. If they catch this clown (and I'm sure they will since he was boasting about it on Finebaum), they should lock him in a room with Nick Fairley for an hour.

The_Lurker's picture

Those oaks certainly don't seem immune to all our herbicidal battering. (Major props for anyone who gets the reference.)

doodah_man's picture

I have posted a comment on this. Being BUCKEYES (ya know trees) we should jump behind this. I don't care what your opinion of Auburn is. This is one of the great traditions of college sport. Destroying 130 year old trees is sick, beyond belief. For those who are posting snarky comments, I am sure you would not be quite as happy of the same thing happened to some of the trees in the Buckeye Grove. I think it would be great for tOSU Dept of Agriculture to step up and help.

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Jim Day

Montgomery, AL

tOSU 1974 

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

Kurt's picture

Great idea.  I'm going to look someone up at OSU to suggest some sort of support, perhaps to raise money for replacement trees.  Worth exploring.

I completely agree.  As I posted above, these are living things, completely different than inanimate statues, and that makes them even more special. 

Most all of us love college football to a certain degree for the pageantry and passion the institutions instill within us.  This is one of the greatest of all that was just killed by an idiot who does not have respect for another institutions pageantry and passions.

btalbert25's picture

The unfortunate thing about it is, there is no such thing as replacement trees in this case.  How do you replace something that has been around for 130 years.   As much as I hate Auburn, I really hate to read something like this. 

M Man's picture

This has to be one of the most distressing stories in all of college sports this year. 

Wouldn't you know it, that three of the very worst college sports stories of 2010-11 (Cam Newton's signing bounus, Nick Saban's oversigning, and the poisoning of the Toomer's Corner oaks), all come out of Alabama (including Auburn).

I pray to almighty God that no self-respecting Michigan fan would harm the Buckeye Grove.  But in fact, there is a small grove of chesnut trees, on the Michigan campus, that produce some of the finest and most perfect Buckeyes I have ever seen, anywhere.  Few people seem to know about them, and I'd like to see them protected, and so I won't mention where they are.

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M Man's picture

lol. Don't give the lawyers any ideas...

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Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

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