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Auburn fans' pain reaches more SEC schools

By Mackenzie Patterson - email 

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Toomer's Corner is the heart of the traditions for Auburn University.  The 130 year old oaks have been rolled for decades by Auburn fans to celebrate school victories.  The hurt that Auburn is feeling today can be felt throughout all the schools in the Southeastern Conference.

Each school has its own traditions and symbols to show school spirit and pride.  Now, SEC fans are reaching out and trying to understand Auburn's pain.  For instance, at the University of Georgia, what if the victory bell went silent by vandals or what would the reaction be if Uga was harmed?

For University of Alabama fans, what if the Bear Bryant statue being spray painted or even worse, what if someone decapitated that statue? 

Well, on the Paul Finebaum Radio Show a caller calling himself Al said that is exactly what made him put herbicide on the famous trees at Toomer's Corner.  He explained that he was at the Iron Bowl when he saw Auburn's Cam Newton's jersey taped on the statue of Bear Bryant.

"The weekend after the Iron Bowl, I went to Auburn, Alabama because I live 30 miles away and I poisoned the two Toomer's Trees," said Al.

A man is in custody for allegedly poisoning the trees.  Auburn police arrested Harvey Almorn Updyke and charged him with criminal mischief.

Updyke told police he did not poison the famous trees but did admit to making calls to the radio station.

Now, the general consensus is that most SEC fans are outraged at the vandalism that has struck at the heart of all college traditions.

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