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    Iron Bowl...Tide Fan Claims to Killing Live Oaks

    http://ocm.auburn.edu/news/oaks.html

    Toomer's Corner oaks poisoned with herbicide; unlikely to survive


    AUBURN Auburn University today confirmed that an herbicide commonly used to kill trees was deliberately applied in lethal amounts to the soil around the Toomer's Corner live oaks on campus, and there is little chance to save the trees. More information and ongoing updates as to treatment and prognosis are available on this site.

    The City of Auburn Police Division is investigating the situation, and the application of this herbicide, known as Spike 80DF, or tebuthiuron, is also governed by state agricultural laws and the Environmental Protection Agency. The university does not use Spike herbicide. There is no reason to suspect any human danger from the herbicide, which manufacturer Dow Chemical says should be applied with proper clothing protection; a typical use of the herbicide is to kill trees along fence lines.

    The university learned that a caller to The Paul Finebaum Show, a nationally syndicated radio show based in Birmingham, on Jan. 27, claimed he had applied the herbicide. As a precaution, soil samples were taken the next day and sent to the Alabama State Pesticide Residue Laboratory on campus for analysis. Due to a small fire that occurred in the Alabama lab in December, the tests were sent to the lab at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., to expedite results.


    The lowest amount detected was 0.78 parts per million, described by horticulture experts as a "very lethal dose." The highest amount detected was 51 parts per million, or 65 times the lowest dose. Experts believe a normal application by itself would have been enough to kill the trees, which are estimated to be more than 130 years old.

    "We are assessing the extent of the damage and proceeding as if we have a chance to save the trees," said Gary Keever, an Auburn University professor of horticulture and a member of Auburn's Tree Preservation Committee. "We are also focused on protecting the other trees and shrubs in Samford Park. At this level the impact could be much greater than just the oaks on the corner, as Spike moves through the soil to a wide area." Additional tests are being completed to determine the movement and extent of the area affected, Keever said.

    The removal process involves digging trenches and applying activated charcoal to absorb the herbicide from the soil and block its progress. A representative from Dow Chemical, which manufactures the herbicide, is advising the university on removal procedures, and expert horticulturalists are also being consulted.

    "We will take every step we can to save the Toomer's oaks, which have been the home of countless celebrations and a symbol of the Auburn spirit for generations of Auburn students, fans, alumni and the community," said University President Jay Gogue.

    Gogue asked members of the Auburn Family to "continue to be 'All In' in upholding its reputation for class" and not allow anger to be expressed inappropriately or undeservedly.

    "It is understandable to feel outrage in reaction to a malicious act of vandalism," Gogue said. "However, we should live up to the example we set in becoming national champions and the beliefs expressed in our Auburn Creed. Individuals act alone, not on behalf of anyone or any place, and all universities are vulnerable to and condemn such reprehensible acts."

    Because the application of the herbicide is being investigated, no details about the investigation can be released. Anyone with information can contact the Auburn Police Division at (334) 501-3110 or anonymously by voice or text on the tip line at (334) 246-1391.

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    Re: Iron Bowl...Tide Fan Claims to Killing Live Oaks

    I'm sure Finebaum's response was "roll tide"

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    Re: Iron Bowl...Tide Fan Claims to Killing Live Oaks

    I've used Spike many times. I killed a bunch of willows in a ditch with it - only problem was I put it down about 35 feet away from a 150-year old pecan. It killed that damn pecan before the willows died. That **** works now.

    That being said, what kind of a ****ing dildo would do something like this?

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    That ground is gonna be poisoned for awhile. I am not sure if there's any possibility to them saving the 130-year-old tree. We all hated Auburn getting away from cheating to and lying to get away with the Cam Newton crap too, but this is low.

    Condolences to Auburn fans for their beloved tree. I was sad when OU finally had to get rid of it's aging Pe-et Elm too.

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    Re: Iron Bowl...Tide Fan Claims to Killing Live Oaks

    I do agree, this is going way too far to get back at a University. I sure do not like the fact that the NCAA has yet done nothing to Auburn for the Cam Newton mess, but hopefully that will happen before very long. No need to do something like this. This should not have happened.
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    Re: Iron Bowl...Tide Fan Claims to Killing Live Oaks

    There's at least one extremely sick dude running around loose out there.
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    That's what they get for putting a $Cam Newton jersey on our Bear Bryant statue outside BDS the night before the IB...
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    "(Oklahoma coach) Bob Stoops' words to me were, 'I want exactly what Alabama got,'" Institute instructor Antowaine Richardson said.

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    Re: Iron Bowl...Tide Fan Claims to Killing Live Oaks

    Guy needs a dose of reality: http://podcasting.fia.net/6960/4653781.mp3
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    Re: Iron Bowl...Tide Fan Claims to Killing Live Oaks

    This is truly a shame. Live Oaks are beautiful trees, it's so sad.

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    Re: Iron Bowl...Tide Fan Claims to Killing Live Oaks

    Quote Originally Posted by C&CDean View Post
    That being said, what kind of a ****ing dildo would do something like this?
    A redneck Alabama fan.

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    You know what's really funny? If they catch this guy he'll spend 20 years behind bars. Michael Vick spent a couple for fighting dogs. 1,001 football players never spent a second behind bars for beating their old ladies halfway to death. AMERICA!! **** Yeah!!

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    Re: Iron Bowl...Tide Fan Claims to Killing Live Oaks

    Finebaum is now saying the feds are involved. Huh?!

    http://www.myfoxal.com/Global/story.asp?S=14044530
    Oklahoma will begin working with the Pacific Institute after the 2009 season.

    "(Oklahoma coach) Bob Stoops' words to me were, 'I want exactly what Alabama got,'" Institute instructor Antowaine Richardson said.

    The University of Alabama --All-Time leader with 9 AP NC's and back-to-back AP NC's 3 times (64/65, 78/79, 11/12)

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    Re: Iron Bowl...Tide Fan Claims to Killing Live Oaks

    Quote Originally Posted by A-M View Post
    I do agree, this is going way too far to get back at a University. I sure do not like the fact that the NCAA has yet done nothing to Auburn for the Cam Newton mess, but hopefully that will happen before very long. No need to do something like this. This should not have happened.
    What is Auburn guilty of regarding Cam Newton?

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    SEC! SEC! SEC!
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    Re: Iron Bowl...Tide Fan Claims to Killing Live Oaks

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    What is Auburn guilty of regarding Cam Newton?

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-M View Post
    If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm not going to waste my time to explain it to you!
    His dad wanted money at Miss State, but what evidence is there besides YOU wanting it to be true?

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    Re: Iron Bowl...Tide Fan Claims to Killing Live Oaks

    That story is depressing.

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    Re: Iron Bowl...Tide Fan Claims to Killing Live Oaks

    Meanwhile.. I love a good practical joke as much as the next person but this was totally uncalled for.

    I can only hope that they catch the person(s) responsible and after they criminal court system gets done with him a civil lawsuit is next for the value of those trees, plus all of the expenses involved in the investigation of this incident, the costs in trying to save the trees, plus the costs of removing these trees.

    P.S. If a Sooner fan did something like this I would disown them.
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    Its just a game! Holy ****

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