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Auburn says rolling tradition will continue at Toomer's Corner

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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Auburn University says it not ready to put the tradition of rolling the trees at Toomer's Corner to rest.

Thursday morning it announced that the tradition will continue. 

Auburn says its team of experts have recommended that the university no longer use high pressure hoses to clean the trees. The trees will now be cleaned by hand.

The university released a statement saying, "Many alternatives were carefully considered, including suspending the tradition or moving it elsewhere. Most of these options created new or additional concerns related to crowd control, traffic, safety issues for our fans and opposing teams' fans, easy access, community property, and the health of other landscaping and park-like areas".

The university asks fans, "...not to move the celebration into Samford Park, the beauty of which we are also trying to preserve, and where, with no concrete base to protect it, landscaping and vegetation is fragile."

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Earlier this year, Harvey Updyke admitted on The Paul Finebaum show that he had poisoned the sacred oaks.

Since then, a task force at the university has been monitoring the health and condition of the trees.

As for the poisoning suspect, Harvey Updyke, his trial is scheduled for October 31st. He faces multiple charges including criminal mischief.

News Leader 9 will continue following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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