Bama supporter gets three years in prison

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The Alabama fan who poisoned the iconic Toomer’s Corner oak trees at rival Auburn has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Court filings Friday show that Harvey Updyke Jr. pleaded guilty to damaging an agricultural facility. The sentence requires him to serve at least six months in jail and spend five years on supervised probation. He has been credited with 104 days already served.

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker III also fined Updyke $1,000.

The probation terms include a 7 p.m. curfew and prohibit Updyke from going onto Auburn’s campus or attending a college sporting event.

Auburn fans traditionally gather at Toomer’s Corner to celebrate victories. The resolution ends a case that highlighted the emotions in the year-round rivalry.

LOUISVILLE: Defensive line coach Clint Hurtt has been placed on administrative leave while preparing to answer NCAA violations the sports governing body says he committed as a Miami Hurricanes assistant.

Cardinals coach Charlie Strong that Hurtt has been given time away “so he can concentrate on his case.”

Hurtt, 34, faces allegations of receiving and providing impermissible benefits while at Miami. The NCAA in February sent Hurtt and Louisville a letter stating that he received a $2,500 loan and provided perks to Hurricanes recruits. The NCAA also says Hurtt provided false and misleading information during the investigation.

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said in February that Hurtt would remain on the Cardinals’ staff while his case is pending but stopped short of saying he’d be with the program next season.


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