By Zac Ellis
One of the final chapters of the sad, curious saga of the oaks at Auburn’s Toomer’s Corner will be written on Saturday. Shortly after Tigers’ A-Day spring game, fans can gather for what will be the final rolling of the trees on campus.
The rolling is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. and will include remarks from Auburn mayor Bill Ham Jr., university president Jay Gogue, head football coach Gus Malzahn, former AD David Housel, Auburn alumni association president Bill Stone and student government association president Harrison Mills. The university will unveil new development plans for Toomer’s Corner, the location of the trees, during the event.
Auburn will hand out toilet paper to fans in attendance while some merchants will sell rolls, giving away a free roll for every purchase. A pep rally will accompany the rolling of the trees and will include appearances by the Auburn pep band and cheerleaders.
The trees, which were poisoned two years ago by Alabama fan Harvey Updyke, have been iconic campus landmarks for decades. They’ve traditionally been “rolled” by fans after each home football victory.