AUBURN, Ala. (WIAT) — The countdown is on in Auburn for the home opener against Clemson. A win for Auburn would mean fans can roll the new oaks at Toomer’s Corner for the first time since the trees had to be replaced.
Even though the tradition is back, there are some changes. There are fences around the trees so no one can touch the limbs and get too close. The trees are in survival mode and they are still fragile.
The original oaks were removed after being poisoned. The tradition hasn’t been the same over the past three years. This will be the first year the trees can be rolled, even though school leaders say these trees are still young and not established.
Gary Keever, Professor Department of Horticulture said, “The typical rule is that it takes a year for each trunk diameter, well these trees have 14 inches of trunk diameter so there’s simply no way we were going to wait 14 years. So it’s a calculated risk.”