Geez guys, just remove the soil and replace with new fertile soil and get on with it! Why do these folks act like the soil is DOOMED and you can never grow here again? Anybody in AL have ANY knowledge of agriculture? Heavens!
We at MrSEC.com believe Mike Slive should be busy this afternoon. He should be on the phone with 11 presidents from the SEC’s 12 member institutions. His league has taken a prolonged, embarrassing beating in the national press in recent weeks — Cam Newton, Bruce Pearl, now an Alabama fan vandalizing Auburn’s 130-year-old oak trees — and the commissioner finally has a chance to show the country that his conference can pull together.
In the process, he might even be able to cool down some of the animosity that is reaching dangerous levels in his always passionate conference.
Slive and the university presidents at Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt should make a combined, public offer to assist Auburn in saving/replacing the oak tree tradition at Toomer’s Corner.
With poison likely to remain in the ground for several years, it’s questionable as to whether or not grown trees can be transplanted or small, younger trees can be planted at the site. But if there is a possibility of replacing those trees, the league’s schools should make a symbolic gesture by offering to provide the replacement trees. Eleven oaks from across the Southeast. One from each league school. Spread across the Auburn campus or gathered in the Toomer’s Corner area.
Such a gesture would send a strong message that while SEC fans might bicker with one another, the schools very much stand together when faced with adversity.
Just imagine the ESPN coverage the league would receive at the dedication ceremony alone. Bonus — we’re talking about positive PR for a change.
Now obviously there is no fitting replacement for the Toomer’s Corner/oak tree tradition. If those sacred oaks die, it will take years for a new tradition to truly gain a foothold. But if Auburn attempts to move forward with a new, replacement tradition, then schools of the SEC should offer to aid Auburn in the venture.
That would show America that the Southeastern Conference does not have a wild, wild west “anything goes” mentality. And for those fringe fans who do prefer to hate another school rather than love their own, such a gesture would show them that they are very much in the minority.