Dye-Gest: Preserve the Toomer's Trees

College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye writes about the Toomer's Corner oak trees in this addition of his Dye-Gest column.

We have had kind of a cold, rainy winter in the Auburn area. When I was driving down College Street one day this week, I was thinking how great it is to live in the South because we have four distinct seasons. By the time you get worn out with winter, for example, spring is right on top of us.

I have already seen a redbud in full bloom and in a couple of weeks we will be seeing the dogwoods and azaleas blooming, and the campus will be on fire with color.

I think one of the reasons I appreciate our long, warm springs is that I coached at Wyoming where there was basically no spring and there are four to five months of brutal winter weather. Even during spring practice we would get winter storms coming through.

A lot of Auburn people will be on campus this spring and will check out the dying oaks at Toomer's Corner. I understand that there are all kinds of ideas about what should be done there and what should be done with the trees when they are removed.

If it was left up to me, and it's not going to be left up to me because somebody else is going to make the decision, I would find a place on campus for those oaks to be moved and preserved.

I would build a pavilion and display them there. It wouldn't have to be a real big building, just large enough to cover the two oaks and keep them out of the weather.

One of the proposed plans for remodeling Toomer's Corner is shown.

The trees could be carefully dug up, moved and put back in the ground at the pavilion, which could be a meeting place on campus for students. They would be there forever for the graduates to come back and bring their children and grandkids.

It would take some money to do it, but I don't think that would be an issue. They are important to Auburn people and I think the money could be raised for that project in just a day or two.

I hate the idea of taking the wood and cutting it up and making trinkets out of it and stuff. That doesn't appeal to me at all, but preserving them forever does.

(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)

Editor's Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming. Dye writes three columns for AUTigers.com--The Dye-Log, the Dye-Gest and Pat's Picks.

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