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SEC Schools Should Offer Replacement Trees To Auburn

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.

 


9 comments
Jaws2
Jaws2

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!

GaDawg
GaDawg

Mr. John Pennington,

I have loved UGA since 1961, and I have admired the entire SEC since that time; furthermore, I have always known, in my heart, that we were the greatest conference in the land. Whenever any SEC team is playing out of conference, or in bowl games, I want to see them achieve victory! I cherish the history, traditions, and campuses of all of our member institutions. Sure, I want to see my Dawgs kick their butts every time we meet for battle, but this kind of hatred is beyond my comprehension. The idiot that did this thing should be stripped of his American Citizenship. My prayer is that those beautiful oaks can be saved, but if they can't, I love your idea of the conference pulling together to place new oak trees at Auburn University! Heck, even if the trees are saved, Auburn should pick a location on campus where each school could plant its own native oak as a tribute to our willingness to stand beside them in adversity!

Story41
Story41

. I love that our rival is one of the best in the country but when things like this happen it destroys the good parts of the rival and replaces it withthe worst kind of hatred. This guy represents only a small fraction of Bama fans and I hope Auburn doesnt label us all as evil fans and I hope Bama fans can pull togrther and start a donation fund to help save or replace the trees I like your idea about all the schools but i feel as if Alabama fans need to lead the way on this nd please post any info on your wonderful site that helps Bama fans pull together and help to make this as close to some sort of restitution as possible I know nothing can really make it right but I am willing to do my part with a donation to pay for the damage this jerk has done. I am sorry to the Auburn nation and please forgive the true tide fans that would never stoop this low, Respectfully A a saddened Alabama fan who is truly ashamed of what this guy has done.

Story41
Story41

As a Alabama fan I have a healthy distaste for Auburn, but I am deeply upset with one of our fans going to this extreme. I know Auburn fans will be even more upset with Bama nation but I ask that they don't put all Bama fans in the category with this guy. I hope they catch the guy and he is made to be put away for a while and he needs to be banned from anything to do with Bama athletics. I am truly heartbroken for the Auburn fans and the dangerously high level of hatred between the 2 schools needs to be dealt with in a mature way not with an eye for an an eye. I also believe that there is no way to even come close to making amends for an act of pure evil.

David
David

They can pull out the tainted soil and the trees. It would be nice for Alabama to help with the costs and perhaps donate a tree -- just to reinforce the idea that stuff like this hurts both schools, not just one.

Fort WorthHog
Fort WorthHog

I like the idea of the schools of the SEC coming together in a carefully planned program. But like has already been mentioned, the soil may remain toxic for a long time.

We had a similar situation like this in Austin a few years back. Someone poisoned the Treaty Oak with Velpar. This was not an athletic fan going postal, just a crazed person who was a few beans short of a bushel. However the tree did survive with some damage though. Here is a link to the article about it...the trees may make it yet if there is proper attention: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_Oak_%28Austin...

sec_fan
sec_fan

It would be great if Alabama boosters would foot the bill and the Alabama AG school would plant them and if possible cleanse the surrounding ground. This would prove to this guy and the world this is not tolerated in the SEC.

Dino
Dino

Get bobby lowder to write a check for some new trees---he can get a big pile of cash from the auburn "recruiting" fund.

Whisky Breath
Whisky Breath

The SEC doesn't have a wild, wild west attitude, it has a redneck attitude. Hell I have some in me but at least I can admit it.
Call it like it is. How are we going to change if we don't recognize it?

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