Auburn tree poisoning suspect released on bail


(Writer’s note: I will never, never get tired of this mugshot)

Harvey Almorn Updyke, the man arrested on suspicion of poisoning the live oak trees at Toomer’s Corner, has been released from jail after posting $50,000 bail.

Updyke was arrested late Wednesday night and charged with one count of first-degree criminal mischief after his (supposed) alter ego, “Al from Dadeville”, called into a local radio show declaring victory and triumph for his completely senseless act.

Assuming Updyke is indeed the nut job who poisoned the oaks with Spike 80DF (we have to be careful about assumptions), posting bail will have been about the only thing that’s gone his way thus far.

Updyke’s court appointed lawyer has already sent in a motion to withdraw from the case and an act that could have divided two fan bases has, instead, created some sense of unity between them.

Former Navy coach Niumatalolo joins UCLA staff

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LOS ANGELES – Former Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo is joining UCLA’s coaching staff as director of leadership.

The school said in an announcement Friday that Niumatalolo will serve as an advisor to the Bruins’ football staff and players.

Niumatalolo led Navy for 15 years and was the winningest coach in school history at 109-83. The Midshipmen, however, finished with losing records the past three seasons, including 4-8 the past two.

Navy played in 10 bowl games under Niumatalolo. He also was the only coach to win his first eight games in the storied Army-Navy rivalry.

Troy, Jon Sumrall agree to new 4-year contract through 2026

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TROY, Ala. ⁠— Jon Sumrall agreed to a new four-year contract as Troy’s coach after leading the Trojans to a Sun Belt Conference championship and national ranking in his debut season.

The school announced the deal, which runs through 2026, but didn’t release details.

The Trojans went 12-2 and won their final 11 games, second only to national champion Georgia, including the league championship game and the Cure Bowl against UTSA. For the first time, they finished a season ranked, ending up 19th in The Associated Press Top 25.

“When we appointed Coach Sumrall in December 2021, we challenged him to return Troy football to the top of the Sun Belt Conference,” Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. said. “It didn’t take long, as the 2022 season was the best in our FBS history.”

Troy held all 14 of its opponents to under their season average in scoring, beating UTSA 18-12. The Trojans beat Coastal Carolina 45-26 in the Sun Belt title game.

“Last year was an amazing accomplishment for everyone associated with Troy football and was the product of relentless effort from our players and staff, athletic administration and university leaders,” Sumrall said.