Poisoning Of Auburn's Oaks Tipped By Call To Paul Finebaum Show
February 17, 2011 at 7:52 AM (PT)
AUBURN UNIVERSITY's beloved oak trees at TOOMER'S CORNER are dying, poisoned by an unknown individual who may have revealed himself on PAUL FINEBAUM's regionally syndicated sports talk show. The school confirmed WEDNESDAY that the trees were poisoned with "little chance to save the trees," according to the OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS.
A caller to FINEBAUM's CITADEL Sports WJOX/BIRMINGHAM-based show on JANUARY 27th, "AL in DADEVILLE," claimed to have placed herbicide Spike 80DF under the trees the weekend after the AUBURN-ALABAMA game as revenge for AUBURN students' alleged celebration (by their traditional toilet-paper adornment of the oaks) after the death of ALABAMA legend PAUL "BEAR" BRYANT.
The college began taking soil samples the day after the show's original airing; FINEBAUM repeated the segment WEDNESDAY after news that the trees are indeed dying. The full extent of the damage will not be revealed until SPRING, but the likelihood that the trees will either die or be so disfigured that they must be removed is great.
And an arrest has been made in the case, with HARVEY ALMORN UPDYKE JR., a 62-year-old unemployed DADEVILLE, AL man, booked early TODAY and charged with a Class C felony of criminal mischief in the first degree.