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Could Toomer's oaks survive?

Posted on: February 26, 2011 3:31 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2011 3:32 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

I've spent a lot more time writing about trees in the last few weeks than I ever planned to, but this Toomer's Corner soap opera just will not die. Harvey Updyke, the man who poisoned the famous oak trees on Auburn's campus, goes through lawyers than Lindsay Lohan goes through rehabs. Seriously, this story is to college football what Ronnie and Sammi have become to Jersey Shore. An unwanted distraction that is taking up too much time in our lives.

That being said, there just isn't a whole lot going on in the college football world right now, so we have to make do with whatever news we get. So here's some good news for Auburn fans everywhere. It seems that the oak tree situation may not be as dire as originally believed. The soil levels beneath the surface are showing a lower level of the herbicide than expected, and there's a possibility that the trees may survive.

"The good news is the concentrations are much lower than we initially detected in the beds around the trees. The bad news is we still detected herbicide," Gary Keever told "Is your glass half full or half empty? You can look at it either way. I choose to be an optimist because we're doing the right thing."

Keever is a professor of horticulture at Auburn and a member of a task force that is studying ways to save the trees.

Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2011 8:41 am

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

Once again, you show your stupidty.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 6:39 am

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

The trees will survive.  Auburn played this for allit was worth to gain sympathy to help lighten the penalties they are going to get.  
Cam Newton will be a good NFL QB.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.  So, Newton is not worth a 1st round pick.  The NFL is a very different ball game and Newton does not have the skill-set to be great in the pros.

Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2011 10:40 pm

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

Awwwww, poor Auburn.  No more dying trees to distract the college football world of all the investigations.

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 9:53 pm

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

@Tom Fornelli

Dude then stop writing about it.  Auburn fans don't need anyone's sympathy.  Besides, look through these posts.  Does it look like anyone cares or gives us sympathy? 

The Auburn trees will survive because that is the Auburn way. 

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2011 3:56 pm

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

My guess is that they will not be rolling the trees in the future.  They won't be winning anything because they won't have any sports.  Heck, they may not have many students if SACS lowers the boom on them as anticipated.  Enjoy the publicity while you can little red-haired step-brother...the end is nearer than you think.

Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2011 3:17 pm

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

An Alabama fan not doing the job right, surprising.

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2011 1:25 pm

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

In 1989, a different jerk poised the Treaty Oak in Austin. It survived. Parts of it died, but it's still around.


According to popular local folklore and the inscription on the plaque at the tree's base, in the 1830s, Stephen F. Austin, the leader of the Austin Colony, met local Native Americans in the grove to negotiate and sign Texas' first boundary treaty after two children and a local judge had been killed in raids.

Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2011 9:51 am

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

The oaks will be the least of AUburns worries soon.

Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2011 8:17 am

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

Wow, really?  You mean the media could have jumped the gun, whooped up the massses only to have the trees live??? Sportswriters surely must have to take "Offseason 101" as part of their journalism major.  Next thing you know we'll find out it wasn't "really" poison.  Just some homemade southern hooch that tested positive for an FDA banned chemical.   Keep up the good work media, and keep on believing 'em folks.

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2011 2:39 am

Could Toomer's oaks survive?

Wow pop culture references left and right, this cat is really on top of things and CBS is so lucky to have him....

"Roll G** D*** Tide".....that interview with Harvey was hilarious, he said it with so much conviction like doing what he did was the pinnacle of his life but he is from Alabama so it may have been.

This reminds me of a time I was driving through South Bend, IN.  I had to pee so bad and couldn't find any working plumbing in the whole city so I stopped at a college campus there and the only thing they has was a huge stadium that looked and smelled like a huge toilet, all I can say is if you are ever near 20 going toward the south end zone don't eat the grass.

Back to the story, sorry about that!  I remember seeing media coverage and people were actually crying about the tress as if they never used paper products ever, interesting, ironic just how much peoples lives revolve around mere games and institutions of higher learning.

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