OXFORD, MS (WLOX) - With the clock ticking toward a huge college football matchup in Mississippi, FBI agents are now investigating a letter threatening someone will be damaging trees and shrubs in the Grove at Ole Miss.
According to a press release by the University of Mississippi, the handwritten note said, "What's going to happen to ya'll on the field Saturday Aint nothing compared to what's going to happen on your beautiful campus. You won't be one of the most pretty campus's Next year. A lot of shrubs and trees are going to die; especially in the grove. Can't stop us" (signed) "Hail State Go to Hell TSUN."
Campus Police Chief Calvin Sellers said the letter was turned over to the Jackson office of the FBI and his department is taking the threat seriously. Law enforcement resources have been added to ensure fan safety inside and outside of the stadium. He is encouraging fans to report any suspicious behavior.
"This longtime football rivalry has separated families and friends for generations, but while it's spirited, our attention has been focused mostly on the football field," Sellers said. "We encourage everyone to remember that this is a game, after all, not a time for hate. We are hopeful that passions have not escalated to the point that someone is prepared to do damage to a landmark for which all Mississippians take great pride."
The note arrived on campus late Tuesday.
This threat revived memories of Alabama fan Harvey Updyke Jr., who pled guilty to poisoning the iconic Toomer's Corner oaks near the Auburn University campus following the 2010 Iron Bowl.
Mississippi State University faces off against Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday for the annual Egg Bowl game. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.