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Fans concerned Auburn Alabama rivalry out of control

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Carol Kloess is a life-long Alabama fan--who believe it or not--wanted to see what Toomer's Corner was like.

So, after last year's Auburn/Arkansas game, she asked her friends to take her there.

"This is an experience of being under the trees with the toilet paper," says Kloess holding a picture under the trees at Toomer's Corner.

While it may not be her team's tradition, news of someone poisoning the trees hit hard.

"I actually was furious. I actually texted my workout partner who is an Auburn fan and said I apologize."

Carol believes it's a sign the Auburn/Alabama rivalry may have gotten out of hand.

But officials say an incident like the one at Toomer's Corner has never happened in Tuscaloosa--despite fans' claims that Auburn faithful had vandalized Paul Bear Bryant's grave or planted grass which then grew to reveal an Auburn/Alabama score.

But after the Toomer's incident, the University of Alabama took precautions by placing security cameras outside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

"They probably thought there'd be a good chance of somebody coming over here and doing the same thing to our school," says Alabama fan, Michael Scott.

"An old picture of Toomer's Corner when it first went in," says Liston Eddins pointing to a framed picture of Toomer's Corner from the 1800s hanging over his television.

He knows the Toomer's tradition well.

"You can just see the paper, how thick it was," he says referring to the toilet paper hanging from the trees.

He played football for Auburn in the 1970s and remembers playing Alabama.

"It is a huge rivalry."

While he doesn't think things are out of control, he still wonders if some fans will retaliate.

"You have to worry about that a little bit because you can't control the crazies," says Eddins.

Eddins has souvenir toilet paper from Toomer's Corner after the national championship win.  Despite what officials say about the trees' future, he believes they will live. And he thinks it'll be the Auburn spirit that keeps them standing.

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