Posted: 7:45 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Auburn fans have opportunity to dunk, throw pie at Harvey Updyke 

By Andy Johnston

Harvey Updyke has said he will participate in a charity event in Mobile, Alabama, in September. (AP photo)

Harvey Updyke has said he will participate in a charity event in Mobile, Alabama, in September. (AP photo)

If you’re still upset about the oaks in Toomer’s Corner, here’s your chance.

Harvey Updyke has said he will be either in a dunk tank or at a pie throwing booth at a charity event in Mobile, Alabama, on Sept. 27, ESPN.com reported.

You surely remember Updyke.

He’s the zealous Alabama fan — is there another kind? — who poisoned the beloved 130-year-old oaks after Auburn’s win over Alabama in the 2010 Iron Bowl, leading to their death and removal.

“He thought about it and thought about it,” Updyke’s wife, Elva, told ESPN.com. “His daughter said he needed to do it because it will show that he’s not as big of a nut as some people believe. He told them they can do whatever they want to him if it will raise money for kids.”

Updyke was banned from speaking to the media as part of his arrest and sentence.

After poisoning the trees, Updyke, calling himself “Al from Dadeville, bragged about the deed on Paul Finebaum’s radio show. He pleaded guilty in March 2013 to one count of unlawful damage of an animal or crop facility.

Updyke pleaded guilty in March 2013 to one count of unlawful damage of an animal or crop facility. He was sentenced to six months in jail and served 76 days after being credited for 104 days of time already served.

Updyke, who now lives in Albany, Louisiana, also was sentenced to five years of probation and banned from attending any college sporting event for the rest of his life. In addition, he is prohibited from stepping foot on the Auburn campus again. A judge ordered Updyke to pay nearly $800,000 in restitution to Auburn University.

“He knows there’s going to be a lot of Auburn fans there, but he doesn’t care,” Elva told ESPN.com. “He’s 65 years old. What are they going to do to him? They’ll have security there.”

12 comments
gtcaryd
gtcaryd

AU wants to make sure there are some cinder blocks around his neck.

PigIron
PigIron

They won't be happy unless they're allowed to roll him with TP.

ZBIRD
ZBIRD

Please, Natasha. This is kiddie show.

GaBlue
GaBlue

Unless the tank is filled with powerful herbicides -- or maybe nail polish remover -- then it would not be worth it to look upon his despicable, hideous face.

kicksix
kicksix

Updyke is the University of Alabama basking weaving school.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

They might be trowing cow piles, now that would be a money raiser.

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

There is no way that any other state can compare to Alabamastan. I used to thnk Tennessee lead the nation in inbreeding, but in the last five or six years I have come to realize that Alabama holds that title.

PigIron
PigIron

@ColumbusDawg


Updyke is not an Alabamian. He is from Texas and he currently resides in Louisiana. Universities don't have a choice regarding who gets to be a fan of their football programs.

OH-IO
OH-IO

No, don't think so. If so he would have converted already.