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Tradition and Auburn pride intersect at Toomer's Corner

Thursday, December 5, 2013 | 2:56 p.m. CST; updated 5:26 a.m. CST, Friday, December 6, 2013

COLUMBIA — After the Auburn Tigers defeated No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, hundreds of toilet paper rolls were launched around the world in a celebration known as Toomer's Corner.

Toomer's Corner, a town square where elated fans cover oak trees with rolls of toilet paper after football victories, is sacred ground at Auburn University. 

Auburn and Alabama share a fierce rivalry dating back to 1893 when the two schools first played one another.

In Boston, New York, Phoenix, Germany, Afghanistan and elsewhere, fans created their own Toomer's Corners to celebrate the victory.

Emotions can run high at Toomer's Corner. Two years ago, Alabama fan Harvey Updyke poisoned the oak trees after Auburn defeated Alabama in match-up during the 2010 season.

In April, the trees were removed because of the irreparable damage caused by the poison. Updyke was sentenced to three years in jail for his actions. He was released after serving six months of the sentence.

Auburn University has since set up a temporary wire structure for fans who want to celebrate with toilet paper.

As Missouri gets ready to take on Auburn for the Southeastern Conference championship on Saturday, Auburn fans seem to be stocking up in the event that Auburn wins.

"It will look like there was a blizzard in Auburn," said Robert Powers, executive vice president of programming for Auburn's Student Government Association.


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