Three years after a renegade Alabama fan poisoned a landmark oak tree at Auburn's Toomer's Corner, the university has declared the spot free and clear.
"The project team is very excited to declare the site clear after over three years of first trying to save the historic Oaks, remorsefully taking them down and now fully remediating the site for new trees to be transplanted," said a statement from the Office of the University Architect Facilities Management.
THE STATEMENT: Auburn declares site poison free
Toomer's Corner, the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and College street in Auburn, has long been a site of celebration for Tigers fans, who would unload toilet paper in the trees and all around the area.
Crimson Tide fan Harvey Updyke Jr. was convicted of criminal damage of an agricultural facility after poisoning a historic oak tree during Auburn's national championship season in 2010-11, including the largest comeback in Iron Bowl history.
Updyke pleaded guilty in March of 2013 and was sentenced to six months in jail and five years on supervised probation for the Class C felony. He was released from jail in June 2013.
Updyke was arrested after a man calling himself "Al from Dadeville" — Updyke's middle name is Almorn — phoned Paul Finebaum's radio show claiming he poured herbicide around the 130-year-old oaks after Auburn's win against rival Alabama during Auburn's 2010 national championship season. The caller signed off by saying, "Roll Damn Tide."
The trees were removed April 23, 2013.
Contributing: The Associated Press