Seventy-six days after pleading guilty to poisoning the Toomer’s Oaks, Harvey Updyke will walk out of the Lee County Detention facility a semi-free man.
The Toomer's oaks were rolled for the last time Apr. 20.
Previously credited with 104 days served, Updyke spent a total of six months in jail for destroying one of Auburn’s most important icons. He is scheduled to be released Monday morning.
It just doesn’t feel like justice to me.
I’m not seeking to blame the lawmakers or judge or the district attorney or the investigators, but somehow, someway, Updyke deserved more punishment.
Updyke still has to serve five years of probation. He has a 7 p.m. curfew, can’t speak with the media and can’t attend any collegiate sporting events. He’s also banned from Auburn’s campus.
But it just doesn’t feel like enough for someone who committed such a treacherous deed, bragged about it on the radio and signed autographs for misguided Alabama fans on Bourbon Street before the 2012 BCS Championship game.
For many, Updyke is more celebrity than criminal. That’s unfortunate. He needed to be made an example of so the next overzealous idiot of a fan doesn’t try a similar misdeed.
LSU made short work of Oklahoma in its Super Regional to advance to the College World Series for the 16th time in its storied history.
Mississippi State is just six outs away from advancing to the CWS for the ninth time in school history. The Bulldogs won game one and lead Virginia 5-3 in game two in a game delayed by rain until 3 p.m. CT Monday.
South Carolina will play North Carolina Monday night with the winner headed to Omaha. The Gamecocks won the CWS in 2010 and 2011, and finished second to Arizona last year.
The news wasn’t so good in Nashville. No. 2 national seed Vanderbilt was eliminated by Louisville, losing 5-3 Saturday and 2-1 Sunday. The Commodores didn’t lose two games to the same team all season until this weekend.
The other big upset came in Tallahassee where Indiana swept No. 7 national seed Florida State with a 10-9 win Saturday and 11-6 Sunday to advance to the CWS for the first time in school history.