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ESPN will likely cover final Toomer’s Oaks rolling event

An ESPN production crew sets up shot at Toomer’s Corner to film scenes for “Roll Tide / War Eagle” in 2011.

ESPN has contacted Auburn University about covering the final Toomer’s Oaks rolling event on April 20th after Auburn’s annual A-Day football game, but Auburn University Communications Director Mike Clardy says he is “not sure yet the extent of their plans.”

A committee headed by Teresa Whitman-McCall, AU’s Campus and Community Events Director, met Wednesday to begin finalizing details for the event, including a starting time.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. with opening remarks likely by Auburn University president Jay Gogue. Other possible speakers include Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and Auburn Mayor Bill Ham. A “spirit rally”—cheerleaders, pep band, and surely Aubie—will take place at 5:20 p.m. followed by the final rolling itself at 5:30 p.m. After that comes a set by local band Kidd Blue.

The committee decided against holding the small parade that was initially included among the ideas for the event. “We were going to have it but it looked like the (marching) band couldn’t do it,” says Debbie Shaw, Vice President of Auburn Alumni Affairs. “Without the band it wouldn’t be much of a parade.”

Shaw says all details are preliminary and subject to change. The committee will meet again in the next few weeks.

The Toomer’s Oaks will be removed one or two weeks after the final rolling and could take several days. Every piece of wood cut down will eventually be turned into souvenirs, the proceeds from which Shaw says will go entirely toward student scholarships.

Related: Plan for Toomer’s Corner 2.0 narrowed down to two designs.


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