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Ashes were among the aftermath of a weekend-long celebration of Auburn's spectacular victory over visiting Alabama in the Iron Bowl, but not the kind one would readily expect.
Workers busy cleaning and repairing the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Monday came across cremated remains near the 40-yard line along the Tigers' sideline. No one is certain whether the remains are human, but school officials did say bone fragments were confirmed to be within the ashes.
"It could have been grandma or it could have been grandma's dog," Scott McElroy, associate professor for turfgrass and weed science at Auburn, told al.com.
McElroy went as far as saying that people releasing remains at the stadium isn't uncommon.
"It happens a lot more than you think," he said, according to al.com. "People want their final resting place to be Jordan-Hare Stadium."
This wasn't any old Iron Bowl victory for Auburn, as Chris Davis returned a missed Crimson Tide field goal attempt on the final play 100-plus yards for the game-winning touchdown. The 34-28 win over the two-time national defending champions gave the Tigers a spot in Saturday's SEC championship game opposite Missouri.
McElroy is not sure what became of the remains once his crew removed them.
"You don't know if it's human. Hopefully it's not," he told al.com. "Hopefully it's someone's long-loved pet."