AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - An Auburn University professor says the extent of herbicide in the soil at Toomer's Corner in Auburn might delay the planned replacement of the poisoned oak trees.
Al.com reports that the school had planned to replace the trees in time for the 2014 football season.
However, a member of the university task force overseeing the project said this week that it's "very likely" the new trees won't be in the ground until after the upcoming football season.
Gary Keever, professor of horticulture at Auburn, said there is significant herbicide still present in the soil at the site.
Alabama fan Harvey Updyke Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful damage of an animal or crop facility in the poisoning of the trees after the 2010 Iron Bowl.
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