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.”